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					         Alaska Economic Development
                Resource Guide
                                  18th Edition

                                  October 2006

Frank H. Murkowski, Governor
State of Alaska

William C. Noll, Commissioner
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development

Michael Black, Director
Division of Community Advocacy

Indra Arriaga, Research Analyst Manager
Eric Caldwell, Research Analyst
Division of Community Advocacy

Jennie Starkey, Publication Technician
Division of Community Advocacy


The Economic Development Resource Guide is on the Division’s website at:

                http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/dca/edrg/EDRG.htm




Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
Division of Community Advocacy
Research and Analysis Section
550 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 1770
Anchorage, Alaska 99501-3510
Phone: 907-269-4580
Fax: 907-269-4539
Email: Eric_Caldwell@commerce.state.ak.us
The Alaska Economic Development Resource Guide is designed to bring together
in one place an inventory of programs and services that can provide economic
development assistance to Alaska communities, businesses, organizations, and
individuals.

Federal and State agencies as well as national and Alaska private non-profit agen-
cies are represented. This directory primarily describes those programs that focus
on the creation and support of new industries, businesses, and long-term jobs. It
is designed to help communities match their economic development strategy with
existing program resources that could support that strategy.




To help the user of this Resource Guide, each program listed in the Table of Con-
tents has a Reference Code associated with it. This code indicates which kind of
organization or persons the program is targeted at and if the program offers fund-
ing. The table below lists the Reference Codes and their meanings.

                     Reference Code
                      GP General Public
                        B Business
                        G Government
                        N Native Organization
                      NP Non-Profit
                        $ Loans/Grants available




The State of Alaska, Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic
Development (Commerce), complies with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities
Act of 1990. This publication is available in alternative communication formats
upon request. Please contact Jennie Starkey at 907-269-4560 or jennie_starkey@
commerce.state.ak.us to make necessary arrangements. Commerce’s Telephonic
Device for the Deaf (TDD) number is 907-465-4537.

This publication was released by Commerce, produced at a cost of $__.___ per
copy and printed in Anchorage, Alaska.
                              Table of Contents
NP N $          Administration for Native Americans Grants .................................................... 1
GP B G NP N     Agricultural and Economic Research .............................................................. 3
GP B NP N $     Agricultural Revolving Loan Fund ................................................................... 4
GP B G NP N     Agricultural Research Program - University of Alaska ..................................... 5
BN$             Business and Export Loan Guarantee Program .............................................. 6
B G NP N        Development Finance Program ....................................................................... 7
B G NP N $      Loan Participation Program ............................................................................. 9
GP B G NP N $   Agricultural Wholesale Market Development ............................................... 10
GP B G NP N     Cooperative Extension Service (UAF) ........................................................... 11
GP B G NP N $   Alaska Growth Capital ................................................................................... 12
GP B NP N       Alaska InvestNet ........................................................................................... 13
GP B            Alaska Product Preference Program ............................................................. 14
GP B $          Technology Research and Development Center ........................................... 15
B NP N          Professional Services Group ......................................................................... 17
GP B G NP N $   Alternative Energy and Energy Efficiency ..................................................... 18
GP B G NP N $   Alaska Regional Development Organizations ............................................... 19
GP $            Artist Career Opportunity Grant ..................................................................... 23
GP $            Artist/Apprentice Traditional Native Arts Grants ............................................ 24
BN$             Revolving Loan Fund .................................................................................... 25
G$              Bulk Fuel Upgrade Program .......................................................................... 26
GP B NP N $     Business and Industry Guaranteed Loans .................................................... 27
GP B G NP N     BUY Alaska Program ..................................................................................... 28
GP B            Child Care Resource and Referral Program ................................................. 30
GP $            Child Care Assistance Program .................................................................... 31
GP B NP $       Commercial Fishing Revolving Loan Program .............................................. 32
GP G NP N $     Community Arts Development Grants ........................................................... 34
G$              Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) - Municipalities ..... 35
N$              Indian Community Development Block Grant Program ................................. 37
NP N            Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) Program ............... 39
$               Revolving Loan Fund for Credit Unions ........................................................ 40
G NP N $        Community Facility Loan Guarantees ........................................................... 41
B$              Conservation Reserve Program .................................................................... 43
B               Doing Business with the Federal Government (GSA) ................................... 44
GP B NP N $     Denji Fund - Tanana Chiefs Conference ...................................................... 45
G NP N $        Community Facility Loans and Grants .......................................................... 46
G NP N $        Economic Development Technical Assistance .............................................. 48
G NP $          Emergency Shelter Grant Program ............................................................... 49
GP B G NP N $   Energy Loan Programs ................................................................................. 51
GP B N $        Environmental Quality Incentives Program ................................................... 52
B               Starting a Small Business - Publication ......................................................... 53
NP $            Fisheries Enhancement Loan Program ......................................................... 54
G NP N $        Grants for Public Works and Development Facilities .................................... 55
GP B G NP N $   Historic Preservation Grants-In-Aid ............................................................... 56
N               Indian Arts and Crafts Development .............................................................. 57
NP N $          Indian Loan Guaranty Program ..................................................................... 58
B G NP N $      Intermediary Relending Program .................................................................. 59
GP B $          Loan Assumption Programs .......................................................................... 60
GP B G NP N     Made in Alaska Program ............................................................................... 61


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GN$             Outdoor Recreation ....................................................................................... 62
B G NP N $      Power Cost Equalization (PCE) Program ...................................................... 63
GP B G N        Doing Business with the Government (PTAC)............................................... 64
GP B G NP N     Resource Conservation and Development .................................................... 65
GP              Rural Alaska Community Action Program ..................................................... 66
GN$             Rural Alaskan Village Water and Waste Disposal Grants ............................. 67
G NP N $        Rural Business Enterprise Grants ................................................................. 68
G NP N $        Mini-Grants Assistance Program ................................................................... 69
B G NP N $      Rural Economic Development Loan Program ............................................... 70
G$              Circuit Rider/Emergency Response Services ............................................... 71
G NP N $        Rural Power Systems Upgrades ................................................................... 73
GP B $          SBA Business Development Assistance to Small Businesses ...................... 74
B$              SBA Loans for Small Businesses .................................................................. 75
BN              SBA Minority Enterprise Development .......................................................... 76
GP              Silver Hand Program ..................................................................................... 77
GP B G N        Small Business Development Centers .......................................................... 78
B$              Small Business Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund .................... 80
GP B G NP N     Snow Survey and Water/Climate Services Program ..................................... 81
GP B G NP N     Conservation Technical Assistance ............................................................... 82
GP B G NP N     Soil Survey Program ..................................................................................... 83
GP B G NP N $   State Training and Employment Program ..................................................... 84
G NP N $        Sudden and Severe Economic Dislocation Program .................................... 85
G NP N $        Support for Planning Organizations .............................................................. 86
GP B NP N $     Revolving Loan Fund - Tanana Chiefs Conference ....................................... 87
GP B            Agricultural Cooperatives Technical Assistance ............................................ 88
GP B G NP N     Center for Economic Development - University of Alaska ............................. 89
G NP N $        Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants............................................... 91
GP G NP N $     Watershed Protection Programs ................................................................... 92
GP B G NP N     World Trade Center Alaska............................................................................ 93
B NP N $        Southeast Alaska Revolving Loan Fund ........................................................ 94
GP B G NP N     Alaska Export Assistance Center .................................................................. 96
GP B NP N $     Alaska Grown Program ................................................................................. 97
GP B N $        Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank ......................................... 98
GP B G NP N     Alaska State Office of Tourism ...................................................................... 99
B$              Evergreen Community Development Association ....................................... 101
G NP N $        Alaska Scenic Byways Program .................................................................. 103
G NP N $        Recreational Trails Grant Program .............................................................. 104
GP B NP N       Private Lands Wildlife Management ............................................................ 105
GP B $          Rural Development Initiative Fund .............................................................. 106
GP B NP N $     Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center ......................................... 108
GP B G NP N $   Snowmobile Grant Program ........................................................................ 109
G NP N $        Rural Business Opportunity Grants ............................................................. 110
GP B G NP N $   Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program ............................................................ 112
B G NP N $      Farmland Protection Program ..................................................................... 114
B$              Rural Alaska Broadband Internet Access Grant Program ........................... 115
GP B $          Southeast Alaska Business Assistance Center ........................................... 116
G NP            Americorps*VISTA ....................................................................................... 117
GP B G NP N $   State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) .................................... 118
NP $            Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program-Section 202 ........................... 120
NP $            Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities ............ 121
NP $            Assisted-Living Conversion Program .......................................................... 123


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N$              BIA IRR Roads Program ............................................................................. 125
GP B G NP N $   Alaska Forest Legacy Program ................................................................... 126
B G NP N $      Rural Energy Related Training .................................................................... 127
G NP N $        Village Safe Water (VSW) Program ............................................................ 128
G$              Municipal Loan Program ............................................................................. 129
G NP N $        Youthbuild .................................................................................................... 130
G$              Municipal Water, Sewerage, and Solid Waste Matching Grants ................. 132
G NP N $        Rasmuson Foundation Tier II Grants .......................................................... 133
NP N $          Cooperative Development Foundation ........................................................ 134
G NP N $        Rasmuson Foundation Tier I Grants ........................................................... 135
GP B G NP N     Rural Utility Business Advisor (RUBA) Program ......................................... 136
G NP N $        Rural Fire Assistance Program .................................................................... 137
NP N $          First Nations Development Institute ............................................................ 138
N$              Seventh Generation Fund: Sustainable Communities Program .................. 139
NP N $          Lannan Foundation: Indigenous Communities Program ............................. 140
G NP N $        Alaska Trails Program ................................................................................. 141
G NP N $        Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program ......................................... 142
GP B N $        Trade Adjustment Assistance Program ....................................................... 143
GP B N $        Marketing Assistance Loans/Loan Deficiency Program .............................. 144
GP B N $        Farm Loan Program .................................................................................... 145
GP B N $        Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment Program ........................................... 146
G$              Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority ........................................................ 147
NP $            Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities- Section 811 ................... 148




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         Administration for Native Americans Grants
                                                  NP N $

Administrative Agency:
     U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and
     Families (ACF), Administration for Native Americans (ANA)
Program Goals:
     Program announcements are goal category specific. ANA will release separate program
     announcements for funding opportunities under SEDS, Language Preservation and
     Maintenance, Environmental Regulatory Enhancement, and for special initiatives.
     Governance:
     To assist tribal and Alaska Native village governments, Native American institutions and
     local leadership to exercise local control and decision-making over their resources.
     Economic Development:
     To foster the development of stable, diversified local economies and economic activities
     that will provide jobs and promote economic well- being.
     Social Development:
     To support local access to, control of, and coordination of services and programs which
     safeguard the health, well-being and culture of people, which provides support services
     and training so people can work, and which are essential to a thriving and self-sufficient
     community
Resource Provided:
     Project grants (competitive discretionary funding) with free training and technical
     assistance in grant application process. Assist in strategic community planning. Length
     of Project Period: 12, 17, 24, or 36 months, unless otherwise noted. Match: 20%
     match of cash or in-kind or a combination of both is required, unless otherwise noted.
     •   AREA 1 - National SEDS Total funding: $18,000,000
          Anticipated number of awards: 110 - 120
          Project Award Amount per budget period: $25,000 - $500,000
     •   AREA 2 - Alaska SEDS Total funding: $2,000,000
          Anticipated number of awards: 10 - 20
          Project Award Amount per budget period: $25,000 - $125,000
          Individual Village Projects for Regional Non profits and
              Village Consortia: $25,000 - $175,000
     •   ANA Language - Provides funding under two categories:
           •   Category I - Planning Grant
                Total Funding: $1,000,000
                Anticipated number of awards: 10 - 15
                Project Award Amount per budget period: $25,000 - $100,000




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               •   Category II - Native Language Preservation and Maintenance / Design and
                   Implementation Grants
                    Total Funding: $1,000,000
                    Anticipated number of awards: 10 - 20
                    Project Award Amount per budget period: $25,000 - $175,000
       •   ANA Environmental Regulatory Enhancement
            Anticipated Total Program Area Funding: $3,000,000
            Anticipated number of awards: 20 - 30
            Project Award Amount per budget period: $50,000 - $250,000
       •   ANA Environmental Mitigation
            Anticipated Total Program Area Funding: $1,200,000
            Anticipated number of awards: 8 - 10
            Project Award Amount per budget period: $50,000 - $125,000
            Match: None
       •   ANA Healthy Marriage Initiative
            Anticipated Total Program Area Funding: $1,000,000
            Anticipated number of awards: 5 - 8
            Project Award Amounts: $50,000 - $200,000 per budget period
            Length of Project Periods: 36 month project with three 12-month budget periods
            Match: 20% match of cash or in-kind or a combination of both is required
Eligibility:
       Tribal entities and private non-profit agencies with Native entity status.
Alaska Program Status:
       There are approximately 20 active ANA grants in Alaska at this time in all categories of
       ANA funding areas.
Comments:
       Alaska Region III has a web site specifically to list free current workshops with dates
       and locations to be held throughout Alaska. Non-profit organizations are eligible if the
       majority of board seats are held by Alaskan Natives. Building funds are ineligible for
       funding; however, construction design is eligible for funding. Free telephone technical
       assistance is also available.
Contact:
       P.J. Bell, Program Director
       Region III
       Administration for Native Americans
       11723 Old Glenn Hwy., Suite 201
       Eagle River, AK 99577
       Phone: (907) 694-5711 or (877) 770- 6230 Fax: (907) 694-5775
       Email: director@anaalaska.org
       Web Address: http://www.anaalaska.org




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                 Agricultural and Economic Research
                                               GP B G NP N
Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service
Program Goals:
       To provide economic information and analysis for public and private decisions on
       agriculture, food, natural resources, and rural America. ERS produces such information
       for use by the general public, and to help policy makers develop, administer, and
       evaluate agricultural and rural policies and programs.
Resource Provided:
       Published (both print and electronic) materials cover:
       • Current situation and short-term forecasts for agricultural commodities, exports,
          finances, etc.
       • Economic and social conditions in rural America
       • Effects of government policies and programs on farmers, rural communities, natural
          resources, and the public.
Eligibility:
       ERS research is available to all. See below for ordering information.
Comments:
       This agency produces a wide range of popular and technical materials related to the
       economic concerns of farmers. Much of this material may not be directly applicable in
       Alaskan conditions and communities. However, agency staff are sometimes able to
       respond to specific requests for information.
Contact:
       Information Center
       Economic Research Service
       U.S. Department of Agriculture
       Room N3050, 1800 M Street NW
       Washington, DC 20036-5831
       Phone: (202) 694-5050 Fax: (202) 694-5689
       Email: infocenter@ers.usda.gov
       Web Address: http://www.ers.usda.gov/


       Adrie Custer, Deputy Director for Communications
       Economic Research Service
       Information Services Division
       U.S. Department of Agriculture
       Room S2018, 1800 M Street NW
       Washington, DC 20036-5831
       Phone: (202) 694-5115 or (202) 694-5100                 Fax: (202) 694-5641
       Email: acuster@ers.usda.gov
       Web Address: http://www.ers.usda.gov

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                    Agricultural Revolving Loan Fund
                                                 (ARLF)
                                               GP B NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Agriculture, Board of Agriculture
       and Conservation (BAC)
Program Goals:
       To promote development of agriculture as an industry in Alaska through low interest rate
       loans for product processing, land clearing, equipment/livestock purchase, and farm
       development.
Resource Provided:
       Direct loans; operating loans up to $200,000; chattel loans up to $1,000,000; product
       processing and land clearing loans up to $250,000; farm development loans up to
       $1,000,000. All loans are limited to 75% loan to value of collateral.
Eligibility:
       Individuals, partnerships or corporations who are Alaska residents. Loans are available
       on the basis of generally accepted banking practices.
Alaska Program Status:
       There are approximately 200 loans active statewide with a value of approximately $15
       million.
Contact:
       Candy Easley, Loan Officer
       Agricultural Revolving Loan Fund
       Division of Agriculture
       Department of Natural Resources
       1800 Glenn Highway, Suite 12
       Palmer, AK 99645-6736
       Phone: (907) 745-7200            Fax: (907) 745-7242
       Email: candy_easley@dnr.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/ag/index.htm




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 Agricultural Research Program - University of Alaska
                                               GP B G NP N

Administrative Agency:
       Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Program Goals:
       To provide research results needed to enhance sustainable development of agriculture
       and forestry, reclaim disturbed lands, reduce pollution, and use and manage Alaska’s
       lands and other natural resources wisely for agriculture, forestry, research and
       recreation.
Resource Provided:
       Technical information; research results. Program is funded by U.S.D.A. Cooperative
       State Research Education and Extension Service and other sources.
Eligibility:
       Land grant universities and affiliated experimental stations. Information developed
       through research is available to the general public.
Alaska Program Status:
       The Alaska Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station is part of the School of Natural
       Resources and Agricultural Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks. The experiment
       station operates research centers at Fairbanks and Palmer, Alaska. The station provides
       a basic source of Alaska-relevant agricultural and forestry research information.
Contact:
       G. Allen Mitchell, Associate Director
       Agricultural and Forestry Experimental Station
       University of Alaska Fairbanks
       533 E. Fireweed St.
       Palmer, AK 99645
       Phone: (907) 746-9450             Fax: (907) 746-2677
       Email: pfgam@uaa.alaska.edu
       Web Address: http://www.uaf.edu/snras/afes/


       Doreen Fitzgerald, Information Officer & Science Writer
       AFES Publications Office
       Agricultural and Forestry Experimental Station
       University of Alaska Fairbanks
       Fairbanks, AK 99775-7140
       Phone: (907) 474-5042             Fax: (907) 474-6184
       Web Address: http://www.uaf.edu/snras/afes/




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       Business and Export Loan Guarantee Program
      Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA)
                                BN$

Administrative Agency:
       Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA)
Program Goals:
       To help facilitate the financing of Alaskan small businesses and export of goods and
       services to foreign countries.
Resource Provided:
       The Business and Export Assistance loan guarantee program provides financial
       institutions up to an 80 percent of the loan not to exceed $1 million. AIDEA’s guarantee
       covers acquisition of real or personal property, refinancing, working capital, and export
       transactions. This program is targeted to assist businesses located in rural Alaska.
Eligibility:
       Financially feasible business projects that are located in Alaska or Alaska businesses
       exporting goods and services to foreign countries. Alaskan individual residents must hold
       majority ownership of the Alaska business.
       Note: Except for the Development Finance Program, the request for financing assistance
       must come from the bank.
Alaska Program Status:
       The outstanding balance of the AIDEA guaranteed portion of loans as of March 31, 2006
       was $3,253,600.
Comments:
       Guarantee Requirements:
       To apply to AIDEA for a guarantee, a $200 non-refundable application is required. AIDEA
       charges a one-time guarantee fee of 2% on the guaranteed amount. An abbreviated
       application process is available for new loan guarantees of $100,000 or less. Loan terms
       range from one to twenty years depending upon the use of loan proceeds and collateral
       offered as security for the loan. The maximum interest rate that may be charged by the
       bank is prime rate plus 2.75%.
Contact:
       Chris Anderson, Deputy Director - Credit & Business Development
       Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA)
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
       813 W. Northern Lights Blvd.
       Anchorage, AK 99503
       Phone: (907) 269-3000 or Toll-free in-state only: (888) 300-8534 Fax: (907) 269-3044
       Email: canderson@aidea.org
       Web Address: http://www.aidea.org/programs.html

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                       Development Finance Program
      Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA)
                               B G NP N

Administrative Agency:
       Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA)
Program Goals:
       Through the Development Finance Program, AIDEA facilitates the financing of
       infrastructure projects in Alaska. AIDEA can develop, own, and operate certain facilities
       within Alaska, such as roads, ports, and utilities that support economic development by
       the private sector. The projects are generally leased to the private sector user.
Resource Provided:
       Projects are financed through the sale of bonds or by corporate assets. Bonds issued
       may be an obligation of AIDEA or secured by the assets and revenues of the project and
       the private sector user. Revenues from user fees, leases, and other revenue sources
       must be shown to be sufficient to repay AIDEA’s investment.
Eligibility:
       Financially feasible business projects located in Alaska that are endorsed by the local
       government where the project will be sited are eligible. Projects requiring more than $10
       million in bond financing from AIDEA must also receive authorization from the Alaska
       Legislature.
Alaska Program Status:
       AIDEA currently has ownership of six (6) projects:
       1. DeLong Mountain Transportation System (road and port serving the Red Dog Mine
          near Kotzebue)
       2. Skagway Ore Terminal
       3. Ketchikan Shipyard
       4. Federal Express Aircraft Maintenance Facility
       5. Snettisham Hydroelectric Project
       6. Healy Clean Coal Project.
       The program originated in 1986 and AIDEA continues to assess the economic benefit
       and feasibility of Alaskan projects.




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Contact:
     Ron Miller, Executive Director
     Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA)
     813 W. Northern Lights Blvd.
     Anchorage, AK 99503
     Phone: (907) 269-3000             Fax: (907) 269-3044
     Email: rmiller@aidea.org
     Web Address: http://www.aidea.org/programsdevfin.html


     Chris Anderson, Deputy Director of Credit and Business Development
     Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA)
     813 W. Northern Lights Blvd.
     Anchorage, AK 99503
     Phone: (907) 269-3030             Fax: (907) 269-3044
     Email: canderson@aidea.org
     Web Address: http://www.aidea.org/programsdevfin.html




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                           Loan Participation Program
      Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA)
                              B G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA)
Program Goals:
       To provide financing assistance to business projects in Alaska. The goal is achieved by
       purchasing participation in loans originated by financial institutions for the financing of
       taxable facilities, such as retail stores, hotels, office buildings, plants and equipment, and
       specific tax-exempt project facilities.
Resource Provided:
       AIDEA can purchase up to 90% of the loan or up to $20,000,000 (whichever is less) from
       the financial institution originating the loan. The total loan amount cannot exceed 75% of
       the value of the collateral offered as security for the loan.
Eligibility:
       Financially feasible business projects located in Alaska.
Alaska Program Status:
       AIDEA had approximately $360.9 million outstanding in loans as of June 30, 2006.
Comments:
       Borrowers apply at a financial institution for a loan. The bank, after approval of the
       loan, applies to AIDEA for participation in the loan. The application to AIDEA must be
       accompanied by a $1,000 non-refundable application, which is credited toward the
       commitment fee if the loan participation is approved and accepted. Other fees include a
       1% commitment fee on AIDEA’s portion of the loan and 0.5% funding fee. Terms can be
       made up to 15 years for personal property or 25 years for real property, not to exceed
       75% of the remaining economic life of the collateral. Both fixed and variable interest
       rates are available.
Contact:
       Chris Anderson, Deputy Director - Credit & Business Development
       Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA)
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
       813 W. Northern Lights Blvd.
       Anchorage, AK 99503
       Phone: (907) 269-3000 or Toll-free in-state only: (888) 300-8534 Fax: (907) 269-3044
       Email: canderson@aidea.org
       Web Address: http://www.aidea.org/programloanpart.html




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         Agricultural Wholesale Market Development
                                               GP B G NP N $
Administrative Agency:
       Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural
       Marketing Service (AMS)
Program Goals:
       To increase overall marketing efficiency of Alaskan agriculture products, thereby lowering
       the cost of marketing food. It is also designed to increase consumer awareness and
       consumption of locally grown products.
Resource Provided:
       Technical advisory services and counseling in the area of efficient market development.
       Provides product grading, marketing support programs, and facilitation of commercial
       agricultural transactions.
Eligibility:
       Government agencies and private industry (producers, processors, or marketing
       agencies) may request assistance.
Alaska Program Status:
       DNR has a three-person staff, two located in Palmer and one in Fairbanks, who provides
       a state-level clearinghouse service concerning agricultural development resources.
Comments:
       The program works to bring producers, wholesalers, and retailers together based on
       sound marketing information.
Contact:
       Doug Warner, Administrator
       Division of Agriculture
       Department of Natural Resources
       1800 Glenn Hwy., Suite 12
       Palmer, AK 99645-6736
       Phone: (907) 745-7200            Fax: (907) 745-7254
       Email: douglas_warner@dnr.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/ag


       Amy Pettit, Development Specialist
       Division of Agriculture
       Department of Natural Resources
       1800 Glenn Hwy., Ste 12
       Palmer, AK 99645
       Phone: (907) 761-3864              Fax: (907) 745-7254
       Email: amy_pettit@dnr.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/ag

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                 Cooperative Extension Service (UAF)
                               University of Alaska Fairbanks
                                        GP B G NP N

Administrative Agency:
       University of Alaska Fairbanks, College of Rural and Community Development
Program Goals:
       To help people and communities identify and solve their farm, home, and community
       problems through application of results of federal and university research programs.
Resource Provided:
       U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service (CES) provides formula
       grants to each state to operate programs. University of Alaska Fairbanks programs
       provide the general public with information and educational assistance to increase
       income opportunities; improve community decision-making regarding community
       economic development and uses of natural resources; and facilitate technology transfer.
Eligibility:
       Information and assistance is available to the general public.
Alaska Program Status:
       The University of Alaska Fairbanks, as a Land Grant University, operates the
       Cooperative Extension Service program with 12 offices statewide. Extension education
       is provided in the following categorical areas: Community Development; Home
       Economics and Energy; 4-H and Youth Development and Land Resources (agriculture,
       forest and other natural resources). Workshops and technical assistance are given in
       the above areas.
Contact:
       Tony Nakazawa, Director
       Cooperative Extension Service
       University of Alaska Fairbanks
       P.O. Box 756180
       Fairbanks, AK 99775-6180
       Phone: (907) 474-7246             Fax: (907) 474-6971
       Email: fnatn@uaf.edu
       Web Address: http://www.uaf.edu/ces




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                                 Alaska Growth Capital
                                               GP B G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       Alaska Growth Capital
Program Goals:
       To provide a financing alternative to businesses that may have trouble gaining access to
       traditional bank financing.
Resource Provided:
       Alaska Growth Capital provides financing for all business needs, including construction
       lending, working capital facilities, equipment purchases, and leasehold improvements.
       We also participate in the SBA and USDA loan guarantee programs.
       Loans range from $100,000 to $7,500,000 and more, and normally have terms from
       three to 25 years. Interest rates depend on the risk level of the business and each
       financing package is customized to meet the needs of the business.
       Alaska Growth Capital also delivers financial consulting in limited circumstances.
Eligibility:
       Alaska Growth Capital can finance any business within the state, but focus on
       businesses that are expanding Alaska’s economy. The primary criteria for consideration
       is the following:
       •   Dedicated and experienced management
       •   Past performance
       •   Current economic viability of the business
       •   Competitive advantages
Contact:
       John Delano, Senior Loan Officer
       Alaska Growth Capital
       3900 C Street, Suite 302
       Anchorage, AK 99503-5965
       Phone: (907) 339-6770 or (888) 315-4904                 Fax: (907) 339-6771
       Email: jdelano@alaskagrowth.com
       Web Address: http://www.alaskagrowth.com




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                                       Alaska InvestNet
                                                GP B NP N

Administrative Agency:
       Alaska InvestNet
Program Goals:
       Providing investors and businesses with a convenient, confidential program to compare
       their compatibility for an investment relationship.
Resource Provided:
       Alaska InvestNet provides investment education for investors and entrepreneurs.
       InvestNet also provides confidential service which matches investors (including
       individuals, professional venture capital funds, pension funds and corporate investors)
       and entrepreneurs (including start-ups and expansions) based on a comparison of each
       party’s stated goals and needs.
Eligibility:
       Businesses must be located in Alaska. Both investors and entrepreneurs must complete
       an application questionnaire.
Alaska Program Status:
       Alaska InvestNet performs an individualized search for opportunities for each investor
       and entrepreneur. Confidentiality is strictly preserved. Registration periods for investors
       are one year and for entrepreneurs, six months.
Comments:
       Note: Contact information for all parties is kept confidential through the initial matching
       process or until both parties indicate a desire to be in touch. Alaska InvestNet neither
       evaluates nor endorses the merits of investment opportunities presented through its
       services. InvestNet acts solely as an information service for entrepreneurs and investors
       and is neither an investment advisor nor a broker-dealer of securities.
Contact:
       Kevin Wiley, Executive Director
       Alaska InvestNet
       P.O. Box 241126
       Anchorage, AK 99524
       Phone: (907) 562-1568
       Email: alaskainvestnet@mac.com
       Web Address: http://www.alaskainvestnet.org




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                  Alaska Product Preference Program
                                                     GP B

Administrative Agency:
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development (Commerce), Office of
       Economic Development (OED)
Program Goals:
       To provide incentives to Alaskan manufacturers who submit bids or proposals for state
       contracts by awarding product preference considerations to qualifying businesses.
Resource Provided:
       The product preference programs (Alaska Products, Forest Products) do not provide
       direct financial assistance. Under the state procurement code, however, these two
       programs can provide eligible manufacturers cost preferences of 3%, 5%, or 7% on state
       procurement contracts.
Eligibility:
       Any Alaskan business that manufactures a product with at least 25% value added in
       Alaska may submit an application to the Commissioner of the Department of Commerce,
       Community, and Economic Development for certification in one of the preference
       programs. Certification in the preference programs is awarded to a qualifying product,
       not to its manufacturer. The Department verifies information submitted on the application
       and, if approved, the product is certified for a two-year period. After certification, the
       product is included in the next published semi-annual Product Preference List. Product
       Preference Lists are published April 1 and October 1.
Contact:
       Jennifer Abbott, Development Specialist
       Office of Economic Development
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
       550 W. 7th Ave., Suite 1770
       Anchorage, AK 99501-3510
       Phone: (907) 269-8153             Fax: (907) 269-8125
       Email: jennifer_abbott@commerce.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/oed/home.htm




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     Technology Research and Development Center
                                                 TREND
                                                 GP B $

Administrative Agency:
     Technology Research & Development Center (TREND)
Program Goals:
     The Technology Research and Development Center (TREND), a specialty center within
     the University of Alaska Anchorage Small Business Development Center, is designed
     to support and promote small businesses in the research and development of new
     technology in Alaska.
     TREND provides one-on-one assistance designed to identify a client’s business assets
     and resources for taking a technology to market.
Resource Provided:
     SBIR/STTR Program - The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business
     Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) federal grant programs are an $850,000 research
     and development funding resource for small businesses, with Phase I grants of up to
     $100,000 to test the scientific merit or feasibility of an idea and Phase II grants of up
     to $750,000 for product development. In Phase III no federal money is available as
     it is expected that SBIR/STTR projects will lead to private sector investment and the
     commercialization of new technology. TREND is here to assist Alaskan small businesses
     in all phases of the SBIR and STTR Programs.
     Phase 0 Grants - In an effort to increase the number of SBIR proposals funded from
     Alaska, the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) has
     partnered with TREND to establish a SBIR Phase 0 program. The Alaska Phase 0
     Program provides grants up to $5,000 to assist small businesses with SBIR/STTR
     proposal preparation.
     Outreach - TREND is a statewide program, available upon demand to provide
     workshops and other services on-site in communities around the state. TREND is also
     available to speak to your professional organization or contribute copy to newsletter
     publications.
     Workshops - As not only educational activities but also outreach events, TREND
     workshops both inform participants of and prepare them for research and development
     opportunities. Sample workshops:
     •   Introduction to SBIR
     •   Writing Winning Proposals
     •   Intellectual Property
     •   Accounting/Government Audits
     TrendNet - TrendNet supports technology research and development in Alaska by
     connecting TREND clients to a rich volunteer network of experts, mentors, and service
     providers. TrendNet is also a great marketing and advocacy tool for its members.



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Eligibility:
       TREND services are available to Alaska small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Contact:
       Carolyn Pratt, Program Director
       TREND
       430 West 7th Ave., Suite 110
       Anchorage, AK 99501
       Web Address: http://www.trendalaska.org




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                          Professional Services Group
                                                   B NP N

Administrative Agency:
       Alaska Village Initiatives, Inc.
Program Goals:
       Alaska Village Initiatives’ (AVI) Professional Services Group (PSG) is the conduit for
       professional services. Our programs and services promote the economic well-being of
       communities, families, and individuals in rural Alaska through economic development,
       assistance, networking, advocacy, and education.
Resource Provided:
       PSG offers a full range of fee-based programs and services designed to strengthen
       village economies, to create jobs and skills, and assist communities and individuals
       in achieving financial self-sufficiency. Programs and services include: Business and
       Financing Plans; Community and Board Training; Community Visioning and Planning;
       Grant Application Assistance; Rural Orientations; and Strategic Planning. Fees vary by
       program and service, and there are discounted rates for AVI members.
Eligibility:
       PSG offers programs and services to AVI members and non-members alike. Our
       membership includes a diverse group of organizations, primarily representing federally
       recognized Tribes, Alaska Native corporations, regional corporations and non-profits, and
       community based organizations throughout rural Alaska.
Contact:
       Jane Goetzinger, Associate
       Professional Services Group
       Alaska Village Initiatives, Inc.
       1577 C Street, Suite 304
       Anchorage, AK 99501
       Phone: (907) 263-9830 or (800) 478-2332                   Fax: (907) 263-9971
       Email: jgoetzinger@akvillage.com
       Web Address: http://www.akvillage.com/




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           Alternative Energy and Energy Efficiency
                                             GP B G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
     Alaska Energy Authority (AEA), Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority
     (AIDEA), Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development (Commerce)
Program Goals:
     The purpose of the Alaska Energy Authority’s Alternative Energy and Energy Efficiency
     (AEEE) program is to develop projects that reduce the cost of energy throughout Alaska
     and use locally available energy resources.
     The primary objective of the program is to lower the cost of power and heat to
     communities while maintaining system safety and reliability. Projects seek to increase
     efficiency of existing diesel power production and end use as well to develop alternatives
     to diesel-based energy technology.
Resource Provided:
     Evaluate and develop rural energy alternatives including small hydro, village interties,
     conservation, and energy supplies based on wood, municipal solid waste, wind,
     geothermal, and coal.
Alaska Program Status:
     AEA’s Alternative Energy and Energy Efficiency section currently manages or funds 47
     projects totaling $22 million in the areas of hydroelectric, wind, biomass, transmission
     and distribution, geothermal, solar, diesel generation, and end use efficiency.
Contact:
     Peter Crimp, Program Manager
     Rural Energy Programs
     Alaska Energy Authority
     Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
     813 W. Northern Lights Blvd.
     Anchorage, AK 99503
     Phone: (907) 269-4631             Fax: (907) 269-3044
     Email: pcrimp@aidea.org
     Web Address: http://www.akenergyauthority.org/programsalternative(2).html




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         Alaska Regional Development Organizations
 Economic Development Planning/Business Development Assistance
                        GP B G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       Alaska Regional Development Organizations (ARDOR) - 11 regional economic
       development councils designated under the ARDOR program.
Program Goals:
       To prepare and implement a regional economic development strategy and assist
       communities and businesses to implement the same. To provide business development
       assistance.
Resource Provided:
       Prepare regional and community economic development strategies. Provide technical
       assistance, training, and information to individuals desiring to start or expand a business
       in the region. Some also operate small business incubators and small business loan
       programs.
Eligibility:
       Communities and individuals in the region served.
Alaska Program Status:
       ARDORs receive partial funding from the State Department of Commerce, Community,
       and Economic Development to provide services and implement their regional strategies.
       State funding for each ARDOR is dependent on annual legislative appropriations. For
       FY 06, the Legislature appropriated $620,000 for the ARDOR program, resulting in
       grants ranging from $47,438 to $57,771.
Contact:
       Michael Hanzuk, Sr., Business Development Specialist
       State of Alaska
       Division of Community Advocacy
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
       550 W. 7th Ave, Suite 1790
       Anchorage, AK 99501-3510
       Phone: (907) 269-8104             Fax: (907) 269-8125
       Email: michael_hanzuk@commerce.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/oed/ardor/ardor.htm




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Michelle Dickson, Human Resources & Finance Director
Anchorage Economic Development Corporation
900 W. 5th Ave., Suite 300
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 258-3700            Fax: (907) 258-6646
Email: MDickson@aedcweb.com
Web Address: http://www.aedcweb.com


Barb Nickels, Economic Development Planner
Bering Strait Development Council
c/o Kawerak, Inc.
P.O. Box 948
Nome, AK 99762
Phone: (907) 443-4248             Fax: (907) 443-4449
Email: cpd.pd@kawerak.org
Web Address: http://www.kawerak.org/


John Downes, Executive Director
Copper Valley Development Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 9
Glennallen, AK 99588
Phone: (907) 822-5001             Fax: (907) 822-5009
Email: cvedc@cvinternet.net
Web Address: http://www.alaskaeconomicdevelopment.org/


Kathryn Dodge, Special Assistant to the Borough Mayor
Fairbanks North Star Borough Economic Dev. Commission
P.O. Box 71267
Fairbanks, AK 99707-1267
Phone: (907) 459-1309            Fax: (907) 459-1102
Email: kdodge@co.fairbanks.ak.us
Web Address: http://www.co.fairbanks.ak.us/MayorsOffice/EconomicDevelopment/


John Parker, Executive Director
Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District
14896 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite 103-A
Kenai, AK 99611-7756
Phone: (907) 283-3335            Fax: (907) 283-3913
Email: jparker@kpedd.org
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Carl Berger, Executive Director
Lower Kuskokwim Economic Development Council
P.O. Box 2021
Bethel, AK 99559
Phone: (907) 543-5967            Fax: (907) 543-3130
Email: carl_berger@ddc-alaska.org
Web Address: http://www.lkedc.org


Rob Wells, Executive Director
Mat-Su Resource Conservation & Development, Inc.
1700 E. Bogard, Suite 203
Wasilla, AK 99654
Phone: (907) 373-1062 x 108 or              Fax: (907) 373-1064
Email: matsurcd@mtaonline.net
Web Address: http://www.matsurcd.com


Lee Stoops, Executive Director
Northwest Arctic Borough Economic Development Commission
P.O. Box 1110
Kotzebue, AK 99752
Phone: (907) 442-2500            Fax: (907) 442-2930
Email: lstoops@northwestarcticborough.org



Sue Cogswell, Executive Director
Prince William Sound Economic Development District
2207 Spenard Road, Suite 207
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone: (907) 222-2440            Fax: (907) 222-2411
Email: sue_cogs@yahoo.com
Web Address: http://www.pwsedd.org




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Murray Walsh, Executive Director
Southeast Conference
P.O. Box 21989
Juneau, AK 99802
Phone: (907) 463-3445            Fax: (907) 463-5670
Email: murray@seconference.org
Web Address: http://www.seconference.org


Wanetta Ayers, Executive Director
Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference
3300 Arctic Boulevard, Suite 203
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone: (907) 562-7380            Fax: (907) 562-0438
Email: wayers@swamc.org
Web Address: http://www.southwestalaska.com




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                       Artist Career Opportunity Grant
                              Alaska State Council on the Arts
                                           GP $

Administrative Agency:
       Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA)
Program Goals:
       Career Opportunity Grants are designed to help professional artists, at various stages of
       their careers, take advantage of impending concrete opportunities that will significantly
       advance their work or careers.
Resource Provided:
       ASCA provides grants of up to $1,000 to eligible artists.
Eligibility:
       Professional artists working in the visual, literary, media, or performing arts, who are
       requesting support for unique, short-term opportunities (not the routine completion
       of work in progress) are eligible to apply. Traditional Native artists may apply. The
       applicant must be a resident of Alaska at the time of application.
Contact:
       Alaska State Council on the Arts
       Department of Education & Early Development
       411 West Fourth Avenue, Suite 1E
       Anchorage, AK 99501-1843
       Phone: (907) 269-6610 or (888) 278-7424 (toll free) Fax: (907) 269-6601
       Email: aksca_info@eed.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.eed.state.ak.us/aksca/




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      Artist/Apprentice Traditional Native Arts Grants
                              Alaska State Council on the Arts
                                           GP $

Administrative Agency:
       Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA)
Program Goals:
       To encourage the maintenance and development of traditional arts of Alaska’s Native
       peoples.
Resource Provided:
       ASCA awards apprenticeship grants of up to $2,000 for serious study with a recognized
       master artist in a traditional Native art form. Grants are limited to the fees of the
       master artist, and, when necessary, the cost of supplies and travel essential to the
       apprenticeship.
Eligibility:
       The Master Artist must:
       • be a resident of the state
       • be able to provide evidence of excellence in the art form
       • agree to take on the applicant as an apprentice
       • be recognized for their own proficiency and skill in an art form by members of their
          own cultural community. This may be indicated by the quality of support material
          submitted through letters of endorsement by members of the cultural community (i.e.,
          a village or tribal council, regional corporation, school district or other group)
       • be 18 years or older
       The Apprentice must:
       • be a resident of Alaska
       • have demonstrated experience in the art form for which they are applying and have
          located a master artist willing to accept the applicant as an apprentice
       • be 18 years or older
Contact:
       Saunders McNeill, Native Arts Program Director
       Alaska State Council on the Arts
       Department of Education & Early Development
       411 West Fourth Avenue, Suite 1E
       Anchorage, AK 99501
       Phone: (907) 269-6610 or (888) 278-7424 (toll free) Fax: (907) 269-6601
       Email: saunders_mcneill@eed.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.eed.state.ak.us/aksca




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                                  Revolving Loan Fund
                      Association of Village Council Presidents
                                         BN$

Administrative Agency:
       Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP)
Program Goals:
       To promote economic development in the AVCP region (Bethel/Calista) by providing
       loans to low and moderate income residents, village corporations, and local community
       governments to increase rural participation in local business enterprises.
Resource Provided:
       Loans. Business loan maximum is $50,000, fisherman loan maximum is $20,000. 25%
       down payment required. Eight percent interest rate.
Eligibility:
       Eligible projects include:
       • Acquisition of land, buildings, machinery, equipment, and facilities.
       • Construction, expansion, repair and modernization of buildings, machinery,
           equipment, and facilities.
       • Business acquisitions which enhance income employment and/or ownership
           opportunities for low-income rural residents.
       • Purchase of supplies and inventories.
       • Expenses and professional services required to carry out a project financed by AVCP.
       • Training expenses directly related to a project or business financed by AVCP.
       • Boat, motor, gear, and repair expenses for commercial fishermen who reside and fish
           within the AVCP region.
       • Refinancing of an existing debt under certain circumstances.
       • Projects which include hotels, motels, tourist homes, or convention centers.
       • Pollution control and abatement.
Alaska Program Status:
       Loan requests are reviewed by the loan committee and approved by USDA.
Comments:
       Applicants should have a business plan.
Contact:
       Fred Smith
       AVCP, Inc.
       Credit & Finance
       P.O. Box 219
       Bethel, AK 99559
       Phone: (907) 543-7420 or (800) 478-3521                 Fax: (907) 543-2776
       Email: fsmith@avcp.org
       Web Address: http://www.avcp.org

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                           Bulk Fuel Upgrade Program
                                                      G$

Administrative Agency:
       Alaska Energy Authority (AEA)
Program Goals:
       To assist rural communities in the management of their bulk fuel inventories through the
       construction of right-sized, code-compliant tank farms and the use of sound business
       practices through the development and implementation of business plans.
Resource Provided:
       AEA’s Bulk Fuel Upgrade Program (BFU) is funded predominantly by the Denali
       Commission. AEA provides project design/engineering, business planning support, and
       construction management services. Through the Denali Commission Training Fund, tank
       farm operator training is provided by Alaska Vocational Training Center. AEA oversees
       business plan management training.
Eligibility:
       Priority is given to communities whose fuel vendors or regulating agencies have
       threatened to halt delivery of fuel, or where conditions have become a life, health, or
       safety matter. Communities who participate in this program must meet sustainability
       criteria established by the Denali Commission.
Contact:
       David Lockard, Technical Engineer
       Rural Energy Programs
       Alaska Energy Authority
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
       813 W. Northern Lights Blvd.
       Anchorage, AK 99503
       Phone: (907) 269-4541             Fax: (907) 269-3044
       Email: dlockard@aidea.org
       Web Address: http://www.akenergyauthority.org/programsenergysystemupgrade.html


       Chris Mello, Program Manager - Bulk Fuel Upgrades
       Alaska Energy Authority
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
       813 W. Northern Lights Blvd.
       Anchorage, AK 99503
       Phone: (907) 269-4649              Fax: (907) 269-3044
       Email: cmello@aidea.org
       Web Address: http://www.akenergyauthority.org/programsenergysystemupgrade.html




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            Business and Industry Guaranteed Loans
               U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
                                  GP B NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
Program Goals:
       To assist individuals, corporations, and public or private organizations in rural areas
       obtain quality loans for business development.
Resource Provided:
       Loan guarantees of up to 90% of the loan amount. Loans may be up to $25,000,000.
Eligibility:
       Applicant may be an individual, partnership, LLC, for-profit or non-profit corporation,
       cooperative, or Alaska Native entity. The project must be in a rural area or city of less
       than 50,000 population.
Alaska Program Status:
       Most commercial lenders in Alaska have used the program. Funding is readily available.
Comments:
       Loans can be used for financing business construction, conversion, and modernization
       as well as for equipment, facilities, machinery, supplies, debt restructure, transfer of
       ownership, and working capital. Projects which create or save jobs have the highest
       priority. The borrower works with a lender, then the borrower and lender jointly apply for
       a loan guarantee. There is a one-time loan guarantee fee of 1% or 2% and an annual
       servicing fee (currently 0.25%).
Contact:
       Dean Stewart
       Rural Development
       U.S. Department of Agriculture
       800 W. Evergreen, Suite 201
       Palmer, AK 99645
       Phone: (907) 761-7722             Fax: (907) 761-7793
       Email: dean.stewart@ak.usda.gov
       Web Address: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov




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                                  BUY Alaska Program
                                               GP B G NP N

Administrative Agency:
       University of Alaska Small Business Development Center
Program Goals:
       The BUY Alaska program has a vision of a healthy, diverse economy for Alaska.
       Recognizing that local buying is a major component of a healthy economy, BUY Alaska’s
       goal is to encourage buyers to make purchases, when practical, from businesses located
       in Alaska.
       If every adult in Alaska switched just $100 of purchases a year to businesses in Alaska
       from Outside companies, an estimated $30 million would be added to our State’s
       economy. With businesses and agencies shifting a portion of their Outside purchasing
       dollars in-state, this would have a tremendous positive impact.
       When money is spent with a business in Alaska, that business can support local school,
       roads, fire protection, other businesses, and pay its employees. Employees can then
       spend it at local stores and other businesses. Alaska’s money keeps circulating!
Resource Provided:
       Resource Provided:
       1) Free sourcing services for buyers:
               a. Any buyer can contact BUY Alaska for a free list of businesses in Alaska that
                  could provide specific products or services needed.
               b. Buyers can also go to www.buyalaska.com and produce their own lists.
       2)      Free referrals for businesses in Alaska:
               a. Any business in Alaska can be listed for free at www.buyalaska.com. These
                  businesses will be the first ones BUY Alaska staff will include on their lists and
                  will automatically be referred when buyers do a search by Keyword. There are
                  about 6,000 businesses in Alaska listed.
Eligibility:
       1) Free sourcing services for buyers:
               a. Buyers include government agencies, businesses, organizations, or consumers.
               b. Buyers may be located in Alaska or elsewhere.
       2) Free referrals for businesses in Alaska:
               a. Any business with a location in Alaska.
               b. This includes all service providers, retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers,
                  crafters, home-based businesses, and even local chain stores that have owners
                  or headquarters elsewhere, such as national retail stores.
               c. As long as a business has a physical location and one worker in Alaska, it
                  qualifies. Even home-based businesses where the worker is self-employed.



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Contact:
     Stella Josephine, Program Director
     BUY Alaska Program
     Small Business Development Center
     University of Alaska
     430 West 7th Ave., Suite 110
     Anchorage, AK 99501-3550
     Phone: (907) 274-7232 or (800) 478-7232                 Fax: (907) 274-9524
     Email: info@buyalaska.com
     Web Address: http://www.buyalaska.com




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           Child Care Resource and Referral Program
                                                   GP B

Administrative Agency:
     Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), Division of Public Assistance (DPA)
Program Goals:
     The Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) program assists parents in finding
     quality child care, assists child care providers in advertising services and vacancies to
     parents, and provides assistance to individuals interested in starting a child care center
     or becoming a home child care provider.
     The CCR&R program also provides child care education and training opportunities for
     child care providers statewide. Classes, workshops, newsletters, and other educational
     opportunities are available at little or no charge.
Alaska Program Status:
     This program is subject to annual state and federal legislative appropriations. For
     CCR&R agency information, contact the Child Care Program Office.
Contact:
     Program Manager
     Division of Public Assistance
     Department of Health and Social Services
     619 E. Ship Creek Avenue, Suite 230
     Anchorage, AK 99501
     Phone: (907) 269-4500             Fax: (907) 269-1064
     Web Address: http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dpa/programs/ccare




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                       Child Care Assistance Program
                                                     GP $

Administrative Agency:
       Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), Division of Public Assistance (DPA)
Program Goals:
       To enable low and moderate income families to afford child care while parents are
       working or in training.
Resource Provided:
       Assistance for eligible families to pay for child care.
Eligibility:
       Municipalities or unincorporated communities with licensed child care facilities may apply
       to provide eligibility services if a community agency can demonstrate the administrative
       capacity to manage the program.
Alaska Program Status:
       This program is subject to annual state and federal legislative appropriations. There are
       15 provider communities, serving about 5,500 children per month.
Comments:
       Quality child care programs provide an essential element in a community’s overall
       economic development. Child care provides an opportunity for parents to seek
       employment and directly provides jobs for child care facility employees. Subsidies are
       based on a percentage of countable gross income.
Contact:
       Program Manager
       Division of Public Assistance
       Department of Health and Social Services
       619 E. Ship Creek Avenue, Suite 230
       Anchorage, AK 99501
       Phone: (907) 269-4500              Fax: (907) 269-1064
       Email: CCPO@health.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dpa/programs/ccare




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           Commercial Fishing Revolving Loan Program
                                                 GP B NP $

Administrative Agency:
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development (Commerce), Division
       of Investments
Program Goals:
       To promote the rehabilitation of the state’s fisheries, the development of a predominantly
       resident fishery, and the continued maintenance of commercial fishing gear and vessels
       throughout the state by means of long-term low interest loans.
Resource Provided:
       Purchases: Loans are available for Limited Entry Permits, Quota Shares, Vessels, or
       Gear or Community Quota Entity (CQE) Quota Shares. Loans are also available for
       the purchase or upgrade of gear or for the upgrade of vessels, to improve the quality of
       seafood.
       Refinancing: Vessel or gear loans made by other lenders, at least 1-year from date of
       original loan.
       Collateral: The item being financed (Limited Entry Permit, Vessel, etc.) will be the
       collateral for the loan, and generally a priority lien must be obtained.
Eligibility:
       •    Alaska Resident for the past 2 years
       •    No past due child support obligation(s)
       •    Community Quota Entity
Alaska Program Status:
       As of June 2006, there were 1,693 loans valued at $67.1 million.
Comments:
       Terms and Conditions:
       •    Interest rate is 2% above the prime rate or 2% below the prime rate for product
            quality improvement loans, not to exceed 10.5%. Interest rate will be fixed at time
            of loan approval. There is a $100 application fee and a 1% origination fee due at
            closing.
       •    Maximum loan term is 15 years.
       •    Borrower is responsible to pay all direct costs incurred in processing an application
            including surveys, inspections, appraisals, title insurance, etc.




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Contact:
     Kelley Sharp, Loan Manager
     Division of Investments
     Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
     P.O. Box 34159
     Juneau, AK 99803-4159
     Phone: (907) 465-2510 or (800) 478-LOAN                   Fax: (907) 465-2103
     Email: investments@commerce.state.ak.us
     Web Address: http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/investments




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                Community Arts Development Grants
                              Alaska State Council on the Arts
                                       GP G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       Alaska State Council on the Arts
Program Goals:
       These grants are designed to stimulate grassroots arts activity and to encourage public
       interest and participation in the arts throughout Alaska. They may help small non-
       profit Alaskan organizations develop the arts in underserved areas of the state and/or
       underserved art disciplines. Exhibits, concerts, dance performances and festivals,
       workshops, readings, and theater productions are examples of the kinds of art projects
       funded through this grant. ASCA will also provide grants for arts administration such as
       board development, planning, accounting systems, and budget development. Priority is
       given to organizations who operate on a volunteer basis and have no paid staff.
Resource Provided:
       ASCA provides grants of up to $2,000. Every applicant must provide matching funds.
       Grants will not exceed fifty percent of the total cash costs of a project.
Eligibility:
       An Alaskan non-profit organization, school, or local government agency may apply. Non-
       profit organizations must provide proof of incorporation and a copy of the IRS letter for
       tax exempt status.
Contact:
       Alaska State Council on the Arts
       Department of Education & Early Development
       411 West Fourth Avenue, Suite 1E
       Anchorage, AK 99501-1843
       Phone: (907) 269-6610 or (888) 278-7424 (toll free)                Fax: (907) 269-6601
       Email: aksca_info@eed.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.eed.state.ak.us/aksca/




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      Community Development Block Grant Program
                (CDBG) - Municipalities
                                                      G$
Administrative Agency:
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development (Commerce), Division
       of Community Advocacy (DCA)
Program Goals:
       Goals of the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) are to provide
       financial resources to communities for public facilities and planning activities which
       address issues detrimental to the health and safety of local residents, and to reduce the
       costs of essential community services. The program may also fund special economic
       development activities which result in the creation of jobs for persons of low and
       moderate income.
Resource Provided:
       Single purpose project competitive grants up to a maximum of $850,000 per community.
       Grants may be used for community development, planning, or special economic
       development activities. Community development and planning activities which address
       health and safety needs are the priority for funding.
Eligibility:
       Municipal governments as defined by Title 29 of the Alaska Statutes (i.e., home rule,
       first, second, and third class boroughs, unified municipalities, and first and second
       class cities) which exercise powers consistent with the proposed project, except the
       Municipality of Anchorage and the City of Fairbanks.
Alaska Program Status:
       During federal fiscal year 2006 approximately $2.6 million was available for distribution.
       Competitive grant applications are generally distributed to eligible applicants once
       each year, usually in September, with completed applications due to the Department by
       December.
Comments:
       Federal regulations dictate that at least 51% of the persons who benefit from funded
       projects be low- or moderate-income persons as defined by the U.S. Department of
       Housing and Urban Development (HUD) using U.S. Census data.
Contact:
       Jo Grove, Grants Manager
       Division of Community Advocacy
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
       211 Cushman St.
       Fairbanks, AK 99701-4639
       Phone: (907) 451-2716              Fax: (907) 451-2742
       Email: Jo_Grove@commerce.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/dca/grt/blockgrants.htm

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Jill Davis, Grants Administrator
Division of Community Advocacy
Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
211 Cushman St.
Fairbanks, AK 99701-4639
Phone: (907) 451-2717            Fax: (907) 451-2742
Email: Jill_Davis@commerce.state.ak.us
Web Address: http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/dca/grt/blockgrants.htm




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Indian Community Development Block Grant Program
                                                  (ICDBG)
                                                     N$

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Native American
       Programs (ONAP)
Program Goals:
       To provide assistance to Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages in the development
       of viable communities, including decent housing, a suitable living environment, and
       expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income.
Resource Provided:
       Primarily construction grants, except for economic development projects where there is
       added flexibility. The maximum grant amount is $500,000. There are grant categories
       for housing, community facilities, economic development, and imminent threat to health
       and safety.
       ICDBG funds are distributed as annual competitive grants. Funds are allocated to each
       of the six Area Offices of Native American Programs (AONAP), so applicants compete
       for funding only with other tribes or eligible Indian entities within their area.
Eligibility:
       Eligible Grantees: All federally recognized Tribes and Alaskan Native Villages or tribal
       organizations on behalf of Indian tribes are eligible to participate in the ICDBG program.
       Eligible Customers: Projects funded by ICDBG must primarily benefit low- and
       moderate-income persons (generally defined as members of low- and moderate-income
       families that earn no more than 80 percent of the median income in the area).
       Eligible Activities: ICDBG funds may be used to improve the housing stock,
       provide community facilities, improve infrastructure, and expand job opportunities by
       supporting the economic development of the communities, especially by non-profit tribal
       organizations or local development corporations. Tribes and Alaskan Native Villages
       are restricted from using block grants for construction or improvement of governmental
       facilities, government operations, income payments, or-unless extraordinary
       determinations have been made-new housing construction. Eligible activities include:
       •   acquisition of property;
       •   assistance to institutions of higher learning;
       •   assistance to Community Based Development Organizations (CBDOs);
       •   clearance and demolition;
       •   code enforcement;
       •   comprehensive planning;
       •   energy efficiency;
       •   lead-based paint abatement and evaluation;


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     •     non-Federal share (ICDBG funds can be used as a match for any non-ICDBG
           funding to the extent allowed by such funding and the activity is eligible under 24
           CFR part 1003, Subpart C);
     •     privately and publicly owned commercial or industrial buildings;
     •     privately owned utilities;
     •     removal of architectural barriers.
Alaska Program Status:
     Alaska appropriation level is approximately $5.45 million annually. Some 40 to 60
     applications a year compete for these funds.
Comments:
     Applications must be filed electronically, following instructions in the annual Notice of
     Funding Availability (NOFA). For a listing of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
     Development’s NOFAs, see http://www/hud.gov/fundsavl.html.
Contact:
     Donna Hartley, Director of Grants Management
     Alaska Office of Native American Programs
     U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
     3000 C. St., Suite 401
     Anchorage, AK 99503
     Phone: (907) 677-9880              Fax: (907) 677-9807




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     Western Alaska Community Development Quota
                    (CDQ) Program
                                                     NP N

Administrative Agency:
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development; Department of Fish &
       Game; National Marine Fisheries Service
Program Goals:
       Allow residents of rural western Alaska coastal communities to participate in the
       groundfish fisheries off their shores thereby providing the means for supporting
       commercial activities that will result in ongoing, regionally based, commercial seafood or
       related businesses.
Resource Provided:
       A pollock quota of 10% of the total allowable catch (TAC) is available for competitive
       applications from groups of eligible communities. Most other CDQ species include
       halibut, groundfish, and crab set between 7.5% and 10% of the TAC. The total value
       to this program once fully implemented is estimated to be at $60 million annually, not
       considering employment, training programs, and secondary benefits.
Eligibility:
       ANCSA Native Villages within 50 nautical miles of the Bering Sea may organize into
       groups, incorporate and form partnerships with commercial fishing operations, submit
       Community Development Plans, and request quota. State and federal regulations specify
       the requirements.
Alaska Program Status:
       Six CDQ groups representing 65 communities were awarded multi-species quota for
       2003-2005. They are: Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association
       (APICDA), Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation (BBEDC), Central Bering
       Sea Fishermen’s Association (CBSFA), Coastal Villages Region Fund (CVRF), Norton
       Sound Economic Development Corporation (NSEDC), and Yukon Delta Fisheries
       Development Association (YDFDA).
Contact:
       Greg Cashen, CDQ Manager
       Division of Banking and Securities
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
       550 W. 7th Ave, Suite 1940
       Anchorage, AK 99501
       Phone: (907) 269-8140             Fax: (907) 269-8146
       Email: Greg_Cashen@commerce.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/bsc/CDQ/cdq.htm




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               Revolving Loan Fund for Credit Unions
                                                        $

Administrative Agency:
       National Credit Union Administration
Program Goals:
       To support community-based credit unions in their effort to stimulate economic
       development and provide financial and related services to residents of their communities.
Resource Provided:
       Direct loans. The interest rate recently has been 1 percent.
Eligibility:
       Community development credit unions who have been low income designated and
       whose membership meets the requirements for predominantly low income members
       as defined in sections 701.32(d)(2) & (3) of the NCUA regulations or applicable state
       standards.
Alaska Program Status:
       No current activity.
Comments:
       A community development credit union is a concept that ought to be examined seriously
       in an overall approach to community development. A community credit union could also
       provide some relief for the pervasive problem of cash availability which exists in many
       rural Alaska communities.
Contact:
       Tawana James, Director
       National Credit Union Administration
       Community Development Revolving Loan Program for Credit Unions
       1775 Duke Street
       Alexandria, VA 22314-3428
       Phone: (703) 518-6610               Fax: (703) 518-6619
       Email: ocsuimail@ncua.gov
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                 Community Facility Loan Guarantees
               U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
                                   G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
Program Goals:
       Rural Development is authorized to guarantee loans made by eligible lenders to
       borrowers in rural areas and in towns of up to 20,000 population for community facilities
       essential for public safety, health care, public service, or recreation.
Resource Provided:
       A loan guarantee to enable other lenders to make loan funds available for worthy
       projects which would otherwise not be able to secure assistance. Guarantees may be
       up to 90 percent, but will usually not exceed 80 percent.
Eligibility:
       Loans may be guaranteed for public entities, non-profit corporations, or federally-
       recognized Alaska Native Tribes. There are some restrictions on the use of funds. A
       combination community facility direct and guaranteed loan is possible when applicable.
       Additional funds can be obtained from a national reserve.
Alaska Program Status:
       Alaska’s annual allotment for FY 05 was $1,679,000.
Comments:
       Economic Development Planning funds are only available through the RCDI program.
       Other planning funds are available through RCDI and EII programs.
Contact:
       Merlaine Kruse, Director
       Community Programs
       Rural Development
       U.S. Department of Agriculture
       800 W. Evergreen, Suite 201
       Palmer, AK 99645
       Phone: (907) 761-7778             Fax: (907) 761-7793
       Email: merlaine.kruse@ak.usda.gov
       Web Address: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov
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Melissa Stewart, Community Facilities Specialist
Community Programs
Rural Development
U.S. Department of Agriculture
800 W. Evergreen, Suite 201
Palmer, AK 99645
Phone: (907) 761-7733            Fax: (907) 761-7793
Email: melissa.stewart@ak.usda.gov
Web Address: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov
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                       Conservation Reserve Program
                                                       B$

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Program Goals:
       The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a voluntary program for agricultural
       landowners. Through CRP, landowners can receive annual rental payments and cost-
       share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible farmland.
Resource Provided:
       Annual rental payments on acres entered into the program for the 10-year contract
       period, and half the cost of establishing permanent cover of grass, trees, windbreaks, or
       wildlife plantings on the land.
Eligibility:
       An agricultural producer may offer cropland, highly subject to erosion, which had been
       planted or considered planted in at least two of the crop years from 1997 through 2001,
       and is suitable for crop production. A limit of 25% of cropland in any borough can be bid
       into the program.
Alaska Program Status:
       While the program is available throughout the State, participation in CRP has so far been
       limited to the communities of Delta, Palmer, and Kodiak.
Comments:
       Land entered into the Conservation Reserve must be maintained to control erosion for
       the contract period. Noxious weeds, other undesirable vegetation, insects, rodents,
       etc. must be controlled. Harvesting or grazing by domestic animals is allowed only in
       emergencies.
Contact:
       Chad Padgett, Executive Director
       Alaska State FSA Office
       U.S. Department of Agriculture
       800 W. Evergreen, Suite 216
       Palmer, AK 99645
       Phone: (907) 761-7738               Fax: (907) 761-7789
       Email: chad.padgett@ak.usda.gov
       Web Address: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=copr&topic=crp




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  Doing Business with the Federal Government (GSA)
                        General Services Administration (GSA)
                                          B

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
Program Goals:
       To promote the interest and participation of business concerns, especially small and
       disadvantaged businesses, in government procurement and services contracts.
Resource Provided:
       Advisory services and counseling.
Eligibility:
       Applicants may be any business concern.
Alaska Program Status:
       The nearest Business Service office is located in Auburn, Washington. This office
       reports that they occasionally receive requests for assistance from businesses in Alaska,
       usually from the larger urban centers.
Comments:
       The federal government does a great deal of business in Alaska. Local and regional
       economic development plans should consider the potentials of this market.
Contact:
       Kenyon Taylor
       Regional Office of Small Business Utilization
       General Services Administration
       GSA Center (Room 1001)
       Auburn, WA 98001
       Phone: (253) 931-7956             Fax: (253) 804-4887
       Email: kenyon.taylor@gsa.gov
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               Denji Fund - Tanana Chiefs Conference
                                   Tanana Chiefs Conference
                                         GP B NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       Tanana Chiefs Conference, Inc. (TCC)
Program Goals:
       To improve the potential for economic growth in rural areas.
Resource Provided:
       Direct loans ranging from $1,000 to $250,000. Loan term is 1 to 15 years, depending
       on the project. No repayment penalty. Interest rate is 2% above the prime rate. A loan
       commitment fee of 2% will be assessed on the principal amount of each loan. Each
       applicant will normally be required to provide in the form of new equity a minimum of
       25% of the total cost of the project. Collateral will be obtained from the client in order to
       secure the loan. Adequate insurance will also be required.
Eligibility:
       Sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, and cooperatives are eligible. In
       addition, any ANCSA corporation or Alaska Native Tribe locating a business in a rural
       area is eligible. The applicant must demonstrate that other financing is not available.
       Eligible uses are:
       •   Equipment acquisition
       •   Fishing
       •   Hotel/motel/bed & breakfast
       •   Tourism
       •   Inventory
       •   Leasehold improvements
       •   Purchase or construction of land/buildings
       •   Working capital (excluding lines of credit)
       Agricultural businesses, golf courses, race tracks, and gambling facilities are not eligible.
Contact:
       Pat Church, Loan Officer/Business Analyst
       Business Development Center
       Tanana Chiefs Conference
       122 First Avenue, Suite 202A
       Fairbanks, AK 99701-4897
       Phone: (907) 452-8251 ext. 3278 or (800) 478-6822 ext. 3277 Fax: (907) 459-3957
       Email: pat.church@tananachiefs.org
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                Community Facility Loans and Grants
               U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
                                   G NP N $
Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
Program Goals:
       Loans are available for public entities such as municipalities, boroughs, and special
       purpose districts in rural areas or cities under 20,000 population. Indian tribes and
       community based non-profit corporations may also receive loans. Priority will be given to
       public entities in areas smaller than 5,500 people.
Resource Provided:
       Loans and grants may be used to construct, repair, improve, or expand community
       facilities for health care, public safety, and public services. These may include hospitals,
       dental and medical clinics, fire trucks, ambulances, fire and rescue multi-service centers,
       police stations, jails, streets, or libraries. Other community facilities may also be eligible.
Eligibility:
       Applicants must be unable to obtain needed funds from other sources at reasonable
       rates and terms, have legal capacity to borrow and repay loans, be financially sound,
       and able to manage the facility effectively.
Alaska Program Status:
       Alaska’s annual allotment in FY 05 was $2,432,000 for direct loans and $101,000 in
       grants. Additional funds can be obtained from a national reserve. Special Economic
       Impact Initiative Grant funding varies.
Comments:
       Loans have a maximum term of 40 years or the useful life of the facility, whichever
       is less. Interest rates are set periodically and are based on current market yields for
       municipal obligations. The current range of interest rates on direct loans is 4.125% to
       4.50%. All loans will be adequately secured. Planning funds are only available for EII
       projects.
Contact:
       Merlaine Kruse, Director
       Community Programs
       Rural Development
       U.S. Department of Agriculture
       800 W. Evergreen, Suite 201
       Palmer, AK 99645
       Phone: (907) 761-7778             Fax: (907) 761-7793
       Email: merlaine.kruse@ak.usda.gov
       Web Address: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov
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Melissa Stewart, Community Facility Specialist
Community and Business Programs
Rural Development
U.S. Department of Agriculture
800 W. Evergreen, Suite 201
Palmer, AK 99645
Phone: (907) 761-7733            Fax: (907) 761-7793
Email: melissa.stewart@ak.usda.gov
Web Address: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov
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        Economic Development Technical Assistance
                   Economic Development Administration (EDA)
                                   G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA)
Program Goals:
       To address economic problems through support for administrative services,
       demonstration projects, feasibility studies, management and operational assistance, and
       other forms of technical assistance.
Resource Provided:
       Project grants to support local feasibility and business planning or implementation which
       may lead to job creation with regional impact.
Eligibility:
       Applicants may be municipalities, public entities, non-profits, and Alaska Native village
       entities.
Alaska Program Status:
       Recent grants include feasibility studies, arts and crafts, and regional tourism
       development. The University of Alaska Center for Economic Development is funded
       through a complementary program.
Comments:
       This is a very flexible resource targeted at local economic development efforts. This
       program has extremely limited funding and is very competitive. Grants are typically in the
       $15,000 to $40,000 range.
Contact:
       Berney Richert
       Economic Development Administration
       U.S. Department of Commerce
       510 L Street, Suite 444
       Anchorage, AK 99501
       Phone: (907) 271-2272/1439               Fax: (907) 271-2274
       Email: brichert@eda.doc.gov




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                    Emergency Shelter Grant Program
                                                   G NP $

Administrative Agency:
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development (Commerce), Division
       of Community Advocacy (DCA)
Program Goals:
       The goals of the Emergency Shelter Grant Program are to assist with the following
       activities relating to emergency shelter for the homeless: renovation, major
       rehabilitation, or conversions of buildings for use as emergency shelters for the
       homeless; payment for maintenance, operation, insurance, utilities and furnishings;
       payment for provision of essential community services including those concerned with
       employment, health, substance abuse, education, food, or prevention.
Resource Provided:
       Competitive grants up to a maximum amount identified annually.
Eligibility:
       Municipal governments (cities and boroughs) with populations between 5,000 and
       100,000 according to certified data of the Department of Commerce, Community,
       and Economic Development, except for the Municipality of Anchorage and the City of
       Fairbanks.
       Private non-profit organizations located within a municipal government entity as
       defined above. The municipal government must certify approval of the project prior to
       consideration for funding.
       Assistance may be provided to a religious organization if the organization agrees to
       provide all eligible activities under this program in a manner free from religious influences
       and in accordance with certain principles identified by the State of Alaska.
Alaska Program Status:
       During federal fiscal year 2005, $132,155 was available for distribution statewide.
       Competitive grant applications are generally distributed to eligible applicants once each
       year.
Contact:
       Jo Grove, Grants Manager
       Division of Community Advocacy
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
       211 Cushman St.
       Fairbanks, AK 99701-4639
       Phone: (907) 451-2716            Fax: (907) 451-2742
       Email: Jo_Grove@commerce.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/dca/grt/blockgrants.htm




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Jill Davis, Grants Administrator
Division of Community Advocacy
Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
211 Cushman St.
Fairbanks, AK 99701-4639
Phone: (907) 451-2717            Fax: (907) 451-2742
Email: Jill_Davis@commerce.state.ak.us
Web Address: http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/dca/grt/blockgrants.htm




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                              Energy Loan Programs
                                             GP B G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
     Alaska Energy Authority (AEA)
Resource Provided:
     AEA administers two loan programs. The programs are described as follows:
     Bulk Fuel Revolving Loan Fund: Assists small rural communities in purchasing bulk
     fuel supplies. Loan may not exceed 90% of the wholesale price of the fuel purchased
     plus transportation costs; maximum loan is $400,000. The loan must be repaid within
     one year. There is no interest on the first BFRLF loan; 5% interest applies for the second
     BFRLF loan; and an interest rate based on the average weekly bond rates applies to
     additional loans. Loans may be made to municipalities or unincorporated villages with a
     population under 2,000, or a private individual with a written endorsement from the local
     governing body.
     Power Project Revolving Loan Fund: Provides loans to local utilities, governments,
     or independent power producers to develop or upgrade power facilities, including
     conservation, bulk fuel storage, and waste energy conservation, or water supply projects.
     Loan term is related to the life of the project. Interest rate is not less than zero and
     the lesser of the average weekly yield of municipal bonds for the 12 months preceding
     the date of loan, or a rate the Division determines will allow the project to be financially
     feasible.
Contact:
     Danita Martin, Loan Servicing Supervisor
     Rural Energy Programs
     813 W. Northern Lights Blvd.
     Anchorage, AK 99503
     Phone: (907) 269-3016             Fax: (907) 269-3044
     Email: dmartin@aidea.org
     Web Address: http://www.akenergyauthority.org/programs.html




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           Environmental Quality Incentives Program
                                                   (EQIP)
                                                  GP B N $

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Program Goals:
       To reduce serious threats to soil, water, air, and related natural resources on agricultural
       land, grazing land, wetlands, wildlife habitat, and forest land.
Resource Provided:
       Agricultural producers may receive technical assistance and/or cost share assistance
       to solve conservation problems. Cost share payments will not exceed 75% of the
       costs associated with solving existing problems. Producers will enter into 5- to 10-year
       contracts to address conservation problems on their farm or ranch. EQIP offers financial,
       educational, and technical assistance to install or implement structural, vegetative, and
       management practices.
Eligibility:
       An eligible person is one who has an interest in a farm or ranch which produces crops,
       livestock, and other animals for food or fiber, or aquaculture.
Alaska Program Status:
       This program is available to all agricultural producers in the State. Producers throughout
       the State have entered into contracts to receive cost share assistance to solve
       conservation problems.
Comments:
       Participation in EQIP is voluntary.
Contact:
       Robert N. Jones, State Conservationist
       Alaska State NRCS Office
       U.S. Department of Agriculture
       800 W. Evergreen, Suite 100
       Palmer, AK 99645
       Phone: (907) 761-7780             Fax: (907) 761-7790
       Email: robert.jones@ak.usda.gov
       Web Address: http://www.ak.nrcs.usda.gov




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               Starting a Small Business - Publication
                                                        B

Administrative Agency:
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development (Commerce), Office of
       Economic Development (OED)
Resource Provided:
       Starting a Small Business is a publication produced by the Alaska Department of
       Commerce, Community, and Economic Development to assist persons interested in
       starting a business in this state. The information in this publication is designed to help
       Alaska business owners and entrepreneurs think and act in ways that improve their
       chances of success. It is intended primarily as a guide to the many sources of detailed
       information and assistance available to entrepreneurs.
Eligibility:
       An on-line version is available by going to http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/dca/
       smallbus/starting.htm
Contact:
       Jennifer Abbott, Development Specialist
       Office of Economic Development
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
       550 W. 7th Ave., Suite 1770
       Anchorage, AK 99501
       Phone: (907) 269-8153              Fax: (907) 269-8125
       Email: jennifer_abbott@commerce.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/oed/home.htm




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               Fisheries Enhancement Loan Program
                                                     NP $

Administrative Agency:
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development (Commerce), Division
       of Investments
Program Goals:
       To assist in the planning, construction, and operation of fish hatchery facilities as
       well as planning and implementation of enhancement and rehabilitation activities
       such as lake fertilization and habitat improvement. Also to assist qualified regional
       aquaculture associations or local non-profit corporations in the assumption of a fisheries
       enhancement loan.
Resource Provided:
       Direct loans of up to $10,000,000 (no interest or payment for the first 6 to 10 years) for
       up to 30 years. The interest rate is fixed at prime plus one percent to a maximum of
       9.5%.
Eligibility:
       Loans may be made to qualified regional associations or local non-profit corporations
       who have obtained a private non-profit hatchery permit from the Alaska Department of
       Fish & Game. Loans may also be made for planning and pre-construction purposes
       prior to receipt of a hatchery permit from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Alaska Program Status:
       As of June 2006, there were 184 loans valued at $74 million outstanding.
Contact:
       Kelley Sharp, Loan Manager
       Division of Investments
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
       P.O. Box 34159
       Juneau, AK 99803-4159
       Phone: (907) 465-2510 or (800) 478-LOAN                     Fax: (907) 465-2103
       Email: investments@commerce.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/investments




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  Grants for Public Works and Development Facilities
                   Economic Development Administration (EDA)
                                   G NP N $
Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA)
Program Goals:
       To assist in the creation of public facilities needed to initiate and encourage the creation
       and retention of permanent jobs in the private sector in areas where economic growth is
       lagging behind the rest of the country and where there is significant economic distress.
Resource Provided:
       Project Investment grants.
Eligibility:
       Applicants may be states, municipalities, Indian Reorganization Act or Traditional Village
       Councils, and non-profit organizations. Entity must be within a geographic area which
       has an approved Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).
Alaska Program Status:
       There have been several major investments recently. For example: dock or harbor
       improvements in Gustavus, Haines, Homer, Nome, Petersburg, Seward, and Yakutat;
       Ketchikan Shipyard improvements; specialty fisheries processing facility in Valdez;
       vocational training centers in Galena, Fort Yukon, King Salmon, Sitka, Seward, and
       St. Mary’s; industrial waste disposal facility in Palmer. Grants range from $200,000 to
       $5 million.
Comments:
       Project proposals are submitted to the Anchorage EDA office for review, then to the EDA
       Regional Office (combined Regions IX & X) for recommendation to Central Office for
       approval. There is a preference for high local match and low costs per job. Alaska has
       some set-aside, its share has been about $5 - $20 million per year and is expected to
       be up to $15 million per year for the next two years. Grant requests should normally be
       no smaller than $500,000, and should create or save at least one private sector job per
       $10,000 of federal grant, and should have as high a percentage of non-federal match as
       possible, often 50% or more. Major private sector partner investments which come as
       result of the EDA investment are a big plus.
Contact:
       Berney Richert
       Economic Development Administration
       U.S. Department of Commerce
       510 L Street, Suite 444
       Anchorage, AK 99501
       Phone: (907) 271-2272/1439                Fax: (907) 271-2274
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                   Historic Preservation Grants-In-Aid
                                               GP B G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation
       (DPOR), Office of History and Archaeology (OHA), and U.S. Department of Interior
       (DOI), National Park Service (NPS)
Program Goals:
       To provide matching grants for the survey and inventory of historic properties, historic
       preservation planning, and for restoration of historic properties.
Resource Provided:
       Project grants. 40% local or private match.
Eligibility:
       Local governments and public and private entities may apply to the state for these
       federal funds. Local governments must be certified under the NPS Certified Local
       Government Program.
Alaska Program Status:
       Fiscal year 2007 funding is anticipated to be somewhere in the $200,000 range.
Comments:
       DNR provides notification of program availability through its OHA monthly electronic
       newsletter, Heritage, and direct correspondence to certified local governments.
       Identification as an historic place can qualify commercial properties for a 20% federal tax
       credit for rehabilitation costs. Contact OHA for information on the programs.
Contact:
       Judy Bittner, State Historic Preservation Officer
       Office of History and Archaeology
       Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation
       Department of Natural Resources
       550 W. 7th Ave., Suite 1310
       Anchorage, AK 99501-3565
       Phone: (907) 269-8721             Fax: (907) 269-8908
       Email: oha@alaska.net
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                  Indian Arts and Crafts Development
                                                        N

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board
Program Goals:
       To promote the economic development of American Indians and Alaska Natives through
       their creative work and expansion of the market for the products of Native American art
       and craftsmanship, and increase their participation and control in the Native American
       fine arts and handicrafts business.
Resource Provided:
       Advisory service and counseling.
Eligibility:
       Enrolled members of federally-recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Native
       Villages.
Alaska Program Status:
       This service agency is based in Washington, DC, serves as a clearinghouse for
       information on Native American arts, crafts, and cultural programs, and responds to
       specific requests for assistance. The agency has worked with the Alaska Native Silver
       Hand Program, Kawerak, Inc. (Nome), St. Lawrence Island Original Ivory Cooperative
       Ltd. (Gambell), CIRI Foundation (Anchorage), Kodiak Area Native Association, as well as
       other Alaska Native cultural programs and individual crafts people.
Comments:
       This program provides a wide range of expert advice regarding the development
       and maintenance of American Indian and Alaska Native arts and crafts, with a strong
       emphasis on economic development. Among other activities, they publish a national
       directory of American Indian and Alaska Native owned and operated arts and crafts
       businesses, which provides a nationwide marketplace for Native American arts. They
       also conduct a museum exhibition program featuring the work of Native American artists
       and artisans, publish a list of Native American arts and crafts marketing events, and
       oversee the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990, PL 101-644.
Contact:
       Meridith Stanton, Director
       Indian Arts and Crafts Board
       U.S. Department of the Interior
       1849 C Street NW, MS 2528
       Washington, DC 20240
       Phone: (202) 208-3773 or (888) ART-FAKE                     Fax: (202) 208-5196
       Email: iacb@ios.doi.gov
       Web Address: http://www.iacb.doi.gov


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                        Indian Loan Guaranty Program
                                     Bureau of Indian Affairs
                                             NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Interior (DOI), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
Program Goals:
       To provide loan guarantees to assist in the development of Native-owned enterprises
       that will create jobs and other economic benefits for Alaska Native communities.
Resource Provided:
       Loan guarantees of up to $500,000 for individual Natives, and up to $7,000,000 for tribes
       and ANCSA corporations. 80% and 90% guarantees are offered on commercial bank
       loans.
Eligibility:
       For-profit and non-profit enterprises at least 51% owned and operated by Alaska
       Natives, American Indians, ANCSA corporations, and tribal entities recognized by federal
       statutes. Must actively operate the business on a day-to-day basis, and invest 20% of its
       own resources in it. Must secure a commitment for financing from a bank.
Alaska Program Status:
       The annual allocation for Alaska varies from year to year.
Comments:
       Applicant must furnish information on the number of jobs to be created and/or sustained,
       and the number of jobs for Native Americans.
Contact:
       Jennifer Cesar, Financial Analyst
       U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs
       3601 C Street, Suite 1100
       Anchorage, AK 99503
       Phone: (907) 271-4018 or (800) 645-8465 ext. 3, then ext. 4                   Fax: (907) 271-1750




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                      Intermediary Relending Program
               U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
                                  B G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
Program Goals:
       Program purpose is to alleviate poverty and increase economic activity and employment
       in rural communities through financing targeted primarily toward smaller and emerging
       businesses.
Resource Provided:
       Loans are made to intermediaries that establish programs for the purpose of providing
       loans to ultimate recipients for business facilities and community development in rural
       areas. Intermediaries may receive up to $1 million at one percent interest for a 30 year
       term. Intermediaries may then lend up to $250,000, but not to exceed 75% of a project,
       to individual borrowers.
Eligibility:
       The intermediaries must be private non-profit corporations, public agencies, Indian
       groups, or cooperatives.
Comments:
       Active intermediaries in Alaska are: Alaska Village Initiatives, Tanana Chiefs Conference,
       and Juneau Economic Development Council.
Contact:
       Dean Stewart
       Rural Development
       U.S. Department of Agriculture
       800 W. Evergreen, Suite 201
       Palmer, AK 99645
       Phone: (907) 761-7722             Fax: (907) 761-7793
       Email: dean.stewart@ak.usda.gov
       Web Address: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov




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                           Loan Assumption Programs
                                                   GP B $

Administrative Agency:
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development (Commerce), Division
       of Investments
Program Goals:
       To assist purchasers in the assumption of a loan of any of the following types:
       •   Alternative Energy
       •   Child Care Facilities
       •   Commercial Fishing
       •   Historical District
       •   Veterans (single or multiple family dwelling loan or small business loan)
Resource Provided:
       Assumption of an existing loan at existing terms, when it is determined to be in the best
       interest of the State.
Eligibility:
       Applicants must establish good character, demonstrate a capacity for financial
       responsibility, establish the ability to provide sufficient collateral and have knowledge of
       Alaska economic conditions. Other factors to be considered are the business potential
       for growth, the ability to repay the loan, and the potential to create more jobs and provide
       additional services to the community. If an existing loan is secured by a building which
       was built, purchased, or refinanced under the State’s Small Business Loan Program
       (AS 45.95.010-080), that building must be at least 50% occupied by the prospective
       applicant. Individual applicants must be Alaska residents and be 18 years old or older.
       Corporations, partnerships, limited partnerships, or any other association of applicants
       must be 100% owned by residents of Alaska.
Contact:
       Kelley Sharp, Loan Manager
       Division of Investments
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
       P.O. Box 34159
       Juneau, AK 99803-4159
       Phone: (907) 465-2510 or (800) 478-LOAN                    Fax: (907) 465-2103
       Email: investments@commerce.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/investments




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                               Made in Alaska Program
                                               GP B G NP N

Administrative Agency:
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development (Commerce), Webb’s
       Consulting & Management Services, Inc.
Program Goals:
       The Made in Alaska program is designed to identify and promote products made or
       manufactured in the state, and handicrafts produced both by Native and non Native craft
       persons.
Resource Provided:
       The Made In Alaska program provides a valuable marketing tool. The official Made
       in Alaska emblem depicts a mother bear and her cub against a dark rectangular
       background with the words MADE IN ALASKA across the bottom. This emblem is a
       trademark registered with the State of Alaska. The Made In Alaska emblem has now
       achieved widespread consumer recognition and is a sought after and valued symbol of
       genuine Alaskan made products and handicrafts.
Eligibility:
       A person who makes or manufactures an eligible product or produces an eligible
       handcrafted item in the state may apply to the Made In Alaska Program, currently
       managed by Webb’s Consulting & Management Services, Inc., for an annual permit
       to use the Made In Alaska emblem on a qualifying product. It should be noted that
       the permit applies to the qualifying product, not to the manufacturer or producer. To
       be awarded a permit an applicant must: have a manufacturing or production site and
       accomplish the majority of value added processes within the state, use Alaska source
       materials wherever possible, allow an inspection of the manufacturing or production
       site, and have a current Alaska Business License. A separate permit is required for each
       handicraft or product line.
Alaska Program Status:
       Funding for the program varies from year to year, but program administration is ongoing.
Contact:
       Bill Webb, Program Manager/Agent
       Made In Alaska
       741 East 13th Avenue
       Anchorage, AK 99501-4621
       Phone: (907) 272-5634              Fax: (907) 272-5635
       Email: bill@anchoragemarkets.com
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                                    Outdoor Recreation
                     Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants
                                      GN$

Administrative Agency:
       Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation
       (DPOR) and U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service (NPS)
Program Goals:
       To provide financial assistance to states and political subdivisions for the preparation of
       statewide recreation plans and acquisition and development of outdoor recreation areas
       and facilities.
Resource Provided:
       Project Grants. 50% State or political subdivision match.
Eligibility:
       Only State agencies are eligible for statewide planning money (requires the existence
       of a State Plan and State Liaison Officer). For acquisition and development money, the
       State, cities, and Federally recognized Indian Tribes that have state designation as sub-
       state jurisdictions, are eligible.
Alaska Program Status:
       DNR manages the State program. Funding for FY06 was $252,979.
Comments:
       50% local match is required. DNR provides notification of program availability.
Contact:
       Kristy Gray
       Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation
       Department of Natural Resources
       550 W. 7th Ave., Suite 1380
       Anchorage, AK 99501
       Phone: (907) 269-8694 or (907) 269-8700                   Fax: (907) 269-8907
       Email: kristy_gray@dnr.state.ak.us
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               Power Cost Equalization (PCE) Program
                                                   (PCE)
                                                 B G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       Alaska Energy Authority (AEA), Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic
       Development (Commerce)
Program Goals:
       The PCE program goal is to attempt to equalize high costs of electricity in rural
       communities with the lower costs in more urban areas through direct rate reductions.
       Communities in areas that are not served by road experience very high costs of
       producing electricity, usually by diesel, due to high transportation costs and high diesel
       prices. These high costs must be recovered from the limited number of customers with
       limited disposable income associated with generally low economic development.
Eligibility:
       Rural utilities are eligible for PCE assistance, with the exception of the Railbelt electric
       utilities, AEL&P (Juneau), and those utilities that receive electric power from the Four
       Dam Pool facilities (Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Kodiak, Glennallen, and Valdez).
       An eligible residential customer may receive PCE credit on up to the first 500kWhs
       consumed each month. Community facilities are also eligible to receive PCE credit on
       up to a maximum of 70kWh per month multiplied by the community population. For
       example, a community of 100 would receive credit on up to 7,000 kWhs for its combined
       community facilities. State and Federal customers, as well as commercial customers
       (including schools), are not eligible for PCE credit.
Contact:
       Terri Harper, PCE Program Manager
       Rural Energy Programs
       Alaska Energy Authority
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
       813 W. Northern Lights Blvd.
       Anchorage, AK 99503
       Phone: (907) 269-4630 or                Fax: (907) 269-3044
       Email: tharper@aidea.org
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        Doing Business with the Government (PTAC)
               Procurement Technical Assistance Center of Alaska
                                  GP B G N

Administrative Agency:
       Cooperative Agreement between the United States Department of Defense and the
       University of Alaska, Anchorage
Program Goals:
       To generate employment and to improve the general economy by assisting businesses in
       obtaining and performing Federal, State, and local government contracts.
Resource Provided:
       Technical counseling services, seminars and workshops, electronic bid match services,
       electronic commerce, and government market research.
Eligibility:
       Services available to large and small businesses.
Alaska Program Status:
       Counseling centers are established in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Rural outreach
       services provided to all rural communities. Monthly counseling occurs in Wasilla and
       Kenai.
Comments:
       The PTACs of Alaska help businesses succeed in the competitive environment
       of government contracting. With the help of the local PTAC, businesses can find
       government contracting opportunities and cut the red tape. To become an active
       participant of PTAC, contact the local center. All services are free of charge.
Contact:
       Anchorage PTAC
       430 West 7th Ave., Suite 110
       Anchorage, AK 99501
       Phone: (907) 274-7232 or (800) 478-7232                  Fax: (907) 274-9524
       Web Address: http://www.ptacalaska.org


       Fairbanks PTAC
       613 Cushman, Suite 209
       Fairbanks, AK 99701
       Phone: (907) 456-7232 or (800) 478-1701                   Fax: (907) 456-7233
       Web Address: http://www.ptacalaska.org




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            Resource Conservation and Development
                                               GP B G NP N

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Program Goals:
       To help people conserve, develop, and use natural resources. RC&D is concerned
       with economic benefits and social well being of all the people and is primarily aimed at
       expanding economic opportunities in an area or bettering a community, particularly with
       regards to Natural Resource Conservation.
Resource Provided:
       The Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) concept focuses on fostering
       ideas initiated at the grass-roots level, building from local initiative and leadership.
       An incorporated, non-profit RC&D Council comprised of representatives of local
       organizations designated as RC&D sponsors will develop overall goals and objectives for
       a given RC&D area, and may address key resource areas and concerns. Organizations
       or individuals with project ideas may present them to a RC&D sponsor. The RC&D
       Council will assist projects it deems appropriate by identifying and coordinating local,
       state, and federal programs of technical and financial assistance to successfully carry
       them out. There is flexibility to adapt to and take advantage of local conditions.
Eligibility:
       Owners and operators of private enterprises, groups, local governments, and Alaska
       Native tribes.
Alaska Program Status:
       The Mat-Su RC&D, headquartered at Wasilla, was established in 1990. Four RC&D
       areas were established in 1994: Interior Rivers RC&D, Yukon Flats RC&D, Kenai
       Peninsula RC&D, and Southeast Conference RC&D. Two RC&D areas were established
       in 2001: Bering Straits RC&D and Lower Kuskokwim RC&D. One RC&D area was
       established in 2002: Copper Valley RC&D. Applications have been received from the
       Lower Yukon Economic Development Council and the Delta Region.
Contact:
       Robert N. Jones, State Conservationist
       Alaska State NRCS Office
       U.S. Department of Agriculture
       800 W. Evergreen, Suite 100
       Palmer, AK 99645
       Phone: (907) 761-7780               Fax: (907) 761-7790
       Email: robert.jones@ak.usda.gov
       Web Address: http://www.ak.nrcs.usda.gov




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               Rural Alaska Community Action Program
                                               (RurAL CAP)
                                                   GP
Administrative Agency:
       Rural Alaska Community Action Program (RurAL CAP)
Program Goals:
       Healthy people, sustainable communities, and vibrant cultures. RurAL CAP protects and
       improves the quality of life for low-income Alaskans through education, training, direct
       services, decent and affordable housing, advocacy and strengthening the ability of low-
       income people to advocate for themselves. RurAL CAP has worked with rural Alaskan
       communities for over 40 years and has extensive experience delivering culturally
       appropriate and responsive programs.
Resource Provided:
       RurAL CAP services focus in the areas of child development, community development,
       energy conservation and education, community planning and housing services, and
       health and wellness. Programs administered by RurAL CAP include: Head Start, Early
       Head Start, Child Development Center, Weatherization, RAVEN and BIRCH AmeriCorps,
       Village Council Management Program (VCMP) VISTA, Self-Help Housing, Affordable
       Housing, Homeward Bound, Community Bound, and ReBound.
       RurAL CAP is governed by a 24-member tripartite board of directors comprised of
       target area, public sector, and private sector representatives. RurAL CAP has standing
       memoranda of agreements with other organizations to ensure coordination of efforts in
       rural Alaska.
Eligibility:
       Head Start and Weatherization programs have income-based criteria. Eligibility for other
       programs varies by program, but generally is not restrictive.
Alaska Program Status:
       RurAL CAP’s annual budget is around $20 million and comes from a variety of federal,
       state, and private foundation sources.
Comments:
       Call Shannon Johnson at (907) 279-2511 or 1-800-478-7227 to be placed on the mailing
       list for the quarterly Village Voices newsletter.
Contact:
       David Hardenbergh, Executive Director
       RurAL CAP
       P.O. Box 200908
       Anchorage, AK 99520
       Phone: (907) 279-2511               Fax: (907) 222-1834
       Email: dhardenbergh@ruralcap.com
       Web Address: http://www.ruralcap.com


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     Rural Alaskan Village Water and Waste Disposal
                         Grants
                                                     GN$
Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
Program Goals:
       To help rural Alaskan villages remedy dire sanitation conditions using funds made
       available specifically for this purpose.
Resource Provided:
       Grant funds to construct, enlarge, extend, or otherwise improve rural water, sanitary
       sewage, solid waste disposal, and storm wastewater disposal facilities; and, to construct,
       relocate, or make other public improvements necessary for the successful operation or
       protection of such facilities.
Eligibility:
       A dire sanitation condition must exist and a community must meet the definition of a
       village which is an unincorporated community that has between 25 and 600 people
       residing within a two-mile radius, a second class city, or a first class city with not more
       than 600 residents.
Comments:
       This funding requires a 25% match with funds from the State of Alaska Village Safe
       Water Program or other non-federal sources.
Contact:
       Merlaine Kruse, Director
       Community Programs
       Rural Development
       U.S. Department of Agriculture
       800 W. Evergreen, Suite 201
       Palmer, AK 99645
       Phone: (907) 761-7778              Fax: (907) 761-7793
       Email: merlaine.kruse@ak.usda.gov
       Web Address: http://www.usda.gov/rus/water
                    http://www.state.ak.us/dec/water/vsw

       Debby Retherford, Rural Utilities Specialist
       Water & Environmental Programs
       Rural Development
       U.S. Department of Agriculture
       800 W. Evergreen, Suite 201
       Palmer, AK 99645
       Phone: (907) 761-7726               Fax: (907) 761-7793
       Email: deborah.retherford@ak.usda..gov
       Web Address: http://www.usda.gov/rus/water

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                     Rural Business Enterprise Grants
                                                  G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
Program Goals:
       To provide grants to support the development of small and emerging private business
       enterprises in rural areas.
Resource Provided:
       Small grants (usually less than $100,000) which can be used to provide technical
       assistance to small businesses, develop infrastructure necessary to support small
       businesses, capitalize a revolving loan fund used to support small businesses, or other
       activities which will result in small business development or expansion.
Eligibility:
       Public entities, such as cities, boroughs, federally recognized Alaska Native Village
       entities, and private non-profit corporations. The project must be located in a rural area
       or city of less than 50,000 population.
Comments:
       Competition for project funding is tight with more than $10 in applications for each
       available $1 in grant funds. There are three funding cycles each year, typically in
       December, February, and July. Grants must show how small business development or
       expansion is likely to occur as a result of the grant, and cannot be passed through to
       private business.
Contact:
       Dean Stewart
       Rural Development
       U.S. Department of Agriculture
       800 W. Evergreen, Suite 201
       Palmer, AK 99645
       Phone: (907) 761-7722               Fax: (907) 761-7793
       Email: dean.stewart@ak.usda.gov
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                      Mini-Grants Assistance Program
                                                  G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development (Commerce), Denali
       Commission
Program Goals:
       To fund economic development projects that support business or community
       development activities, including projects using natural resources. Focus of which
       demonstrate that new income will be generated for the community or that the project has
       the potential to improve the community’s economy in a significant and long-lasting way.
Resource Provided:
       Competitive grants. Mini-Grant program funding comes from Denali Commission funds,
       appropriated for the program. Maximum $30,000 per community per fiscal year. Funding
       level during FY 06 was approximately $467,250.
Eligibility:
       Eligible applicants include municipalities, tribal governments, and non-profit
       organizations applying on behalf of a community which has a population of 5,000 or less.
       Community consensus for proposed projects is a key element in funding consideration.
Alaska Program Status:
       Applications are distributed annually, usually in the late spring. Awards are generally
       made in September/October.
Contact:
       Jo Grove, Grants Manager
       Division of Community Advocacy
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
       211 Cushman St.
       Fairbanks, AK 99701-4639
       Phone: (907) 451-2716               Fax: (907)451-2742
       Email: Jo_Grove@commerce.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/dca/grt/minigrant.htm

       Jill Davis, Grants Administrator
       Division of Community Advocacy
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
       211 Cushman St.
       Fairbanks, AK 99701-4639
       Phone: (907) 451-2717               Fax: (907) 451-2742
       Email: Jill_Davis@commerce.state,ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/dca/grt/minigrant.htm


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         Rural Economic Development Loan Program
               U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
                                  B G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
Program Goals:
       Provides zero interest loans to rural electric or telephone cooperatives for pass-through
       to projects that promote rural economic development and job creation.
Resource Provided:
       Loans at zero interest with a ten-year repayment to the eligible cooperative who re-lends
       the funds to a local entity to promote financially viable projects. The ultimate borrower
       can be a for-profit private business.
Eligibility:
       Cooperatives who are current or former borrowers of the Rural Utility Service. (Old Rural
       Electrification Administration)
Alaska Program Status:
       Applications compete for funding on a national basis each quarter.
Comments:
       Eligible projects include business expansion and start-up, community development,
       business incubator projects, etc.
Contact:
       Dean Stewart
       Rural Development
       U.S. Department of Agriculture
       800 W. Evergreen, Suite 201
       Palmer, AK 99645
       Phone: (907) 761-7722               Fax: (907) 761-7793
       Email: dean.stewart@ak.usda.gov
       Web Address: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov




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       Circuit Rider/Emergency Response Services
                                                    G$

Administrative Agency:
     Alaska Energy Authority (AEA), Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority
     (AIDEA), Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development (Commerce)
Program Goals:
     The Alaska Energy Authority administers a number of rural energy programs which help
     provide the basis for economic development in Alaska’s smaller communities.
Resource Provided:
     Circuit Rider/Technical Assistant/Preventive Maintenance
     Preventive maintenance assessment and response service for emergency work needed
     on rural electrical systems. This program is intended to be an interim fix until long-term
     planning can address the problems.
     Emergency Response
     Provides funding to continue activities, procurement of materials, and equipment that
     would be used to prevent power plant related emergencies and disasters statewide. This
     program is designed to prevent a potential emergency situation before disaster occurs.
     Emergency Prevention
     This program is designed to prevent a potential emergency situation before disaster
     occurs. It provides funding for continuance of government activities. It allows
     for procurement of materials and equipment for prevention of power plant related
     emergencies/disasters in rural Alaska.
     Life, Health and Safety Improvements
     Provides follow-on funding for correction of hazards that are existing or pose a possible
     threat to life, health, and safety in rural communities. Wherever possible, funds will be
     used to leverage local matching funds.
Contact:
     Lenny Landis, Project Manager
     Rural Energy Programs
     Alaska Energy Authority
     Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
     813 W. Northern Lights Blvd.
     Anchorage, AK 99503
     Phone: (907) 269-4684              Fax: (907) 269-3044
     Email: llandis@aidea.org
     Web Address: http://www.akenergyauthority.org/programsenergysystemupgrade.html




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Kris Noonan, Program Manager
Rural Energy Programs
Alaska Energy Authority
Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
813 W. Northern Lights Blvd.
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone: (907) 269-4697                  Fax: (907) 269-3044
Email: knoonan@aidea.org
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                     Rural Power Systems Upgrades
                                                G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
     Alaska Energy Authority (AEA), Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority
     (AIDEA), Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development (Commerce)
Program Goals:
     To eliminate safety hazards, enhance efficiencies and provide technical assistance to
     assess system deficiencies, design solutions, and carry out project evaluation process.
Resource Provided:
     Upgrades may include efficiency improvements, powerhouse upgrades or replacements,
     line assessments, lines to new customers, demand-side improvements, and repairs to
     generation and distribution systems. System upgrades to be funded may be identified
     through a variety of ways, including via technical assistance, advanced by the local
     community or directed by the Legislature. Examples of programmatic efforts include:
     • Rebuilding or replacement of worn-out diesel generator units;
     • Rebuilding or replacement of old and hazardous distribution systems;
     • Construction of new power generation systems that meet State and Federal codes;
     • Inclusion of heat recovery systems, where possible, in new powerhouses; and,
     • Force account labor and technical assistance to rural communities through AEA
         personnel and/or contractors with experience in rural construction.
Contact:
     Lenny Landis, Project Manager
     Rural Energy Programs
     Alaska Energy Authority
     Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
     813 W. Northern Lights Blvd.
     Anchorage, AK 99503
     Phone: (907) 269-4684               Fax: (907) 269-3044
     Email: llandis@aidea.org
     Web Address: http://www.akenergyauthority.org/programsenergysystemupgrade.html


     Kris Noonan, Program Manager
     Rural Energy Programs
     Alaska Energy Authority
     Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
     813 W. Northern Lights Blvd.
     Anchorage, AK 99503
     Phone: (907) 269-4697              Fax: (907) 269-3044
     Email: knoonan@aidea.org
     Web Address: http://www.akenergyauthority.org/programsenergysystemupgrade.html


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     SBA Business Development Assistance to Small
                     Businesses
                   Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
                                     GP B $

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Program Goals:
       To help prospective and present business persons improve skills to manage and operate
       a business. To provide debt capital to new and existing small businesses.
Resource Provided:
       Advisory services such as the SCORE-Counselor’s to America’s Small Business, loan
       guaranties for eligible small businesses, and the University of Alaska Small Business
       Development Center (UASBDC), which provides counselors for free one-on-one
       business counseling, business training workshops, and a small business learning center
       that provides books, videotapes, microcomputers and business software for hands-on
       learning. Government contracting assistance. Women and minority-owned business
       development.
Eligibility:
       Assistance may be provided to existing and potential small business persons. A small
       business is one that is independently owned and operated and not dominant in its field.
Alaska Program Status:
       A District SBA office is located in Anchorage. There is a SCORE counselor available
       daily, as well as SBA staff to answer inquiries and make referrals.
Comments:
       The SBA provides other special programs such as International Trade and Women’s
       Business Ownership.
Contact:
       Sam Dickey, Deputy District Director
       Anchorage Office
       U.S. Small Business Administration
       510 L Street, Suite 310
       Anchorage, AK 99501
       Phone: (907) 271-4844 or (800) 755-7034                   Fax: (907) 271-4545
       Email: sam.dickey@sba.gov
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                     SBA Loans for Small Businesses
                                                       B$

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Program Goals:
       To assist people to enter and remain in business by providing loan guarantees,
       management counseling and training, and assistance in obtaining government
       procurement contracts.
Resource Provided:
       Loan Guarantees: Advisory services and counseling, administered primarily through
       partnerships between SBA and banks or private entities.
       Guaranty Loans: These loans, made by banks, may take several forms. All of SBA’s
       financial assistance programs are under this section. The borrower initiates the loan
       request to a local lender, who applies to SBA for its guaranty. SBA may guaranty up to
       85% of loans up to $150,000 or up to 75% of loans up to $2 million.
       Specialized Loans: These include the Export Loan Program, Seasonal Line of Credit
       Program, Contract Loan Program, Certified Development Company
Eligibility:
       Applicants must meet SBA size standards for small businesses. Credit criteria are much
       the same as used by banks. Applicants must work with a lending institution which in turn
       arranges the loan guaranty with SBA.
       Eligible projects are business real estate, inventory purchases, machinery and
       equipment, leasehold improvements, working capital, and, in some circumstances, debt
       consolidation.
Alaska Program Status:
       Technical assistance is provided through SBA resource partners: Small Business
       Development (SBDC), the Women’s Business Center, and YWCA/Women$Fund.
Contact:
       Nelida Irvine
       U.S. Small Business Administration
       510 L St., Suite 310
       Anchorage, AK 99501-1952
       Phone: (907) 271-4022 or (800) 755-7034                   Fax: (907) 271-4545
       Email: nelida.irvine@sba.gov
       Web Address: http://www.sba.gov/ak




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                SBA Minority Enterprise Development
               Business Procurement Assistance - 8(a) Program
                                   BN
Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Program Goals:
       To promote the business development of small business concerns owned and controlled
       by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals so they can compete on an
       equal basis in the American economy; and promote their competitive viability in the
       marketplace by providing such available contract, financial, technical, and management
       assistance as may be necessary.
Resource Provided:
       SBA monitors all federal government contracts to assure that a percentage of contract
       work goes to small businesses designated as 8(a) businesses. SBA also provides
       business management services to assist these 8(a) business concerns in their
       development.
Eligibility:
       Principal factor in eligibility is ownership and control of the small business’s management
       and daily operations by an individual(s) who is socially and economically disadvantaged.
       Businesses must be approved for program participation prior to receipt of an 8(a)
       contract.
Alaska Program Status:
       The Anchorage SBA Office maintains a list of approved 8(a) businesses (construction,
       professional, and nonprofessional services and manufacturing). SBA receives contracts
       for services from other federal agencies and then subcontracts these services out to
       qualified 8(a) firms.
Comments:
       This program experiences great demand. 8(a) contract opportunities are used as a
       resource in the development of the applicant’s business, but are not guaranteed. A
       related SBA program provides for business management services to 8(a) businesses.
       A separate SBA program monitors all federal contracts to assure that a predetermined
       percentage is awarded to small businesses.
Contact:
       Karen Forsland, District Director
       U.S. Small Business Administration
       510 L St., Suite 310
       Anchorage, AK 99501-1952
       Phone: (907) 271-4861 or (800) 755-7034                    Fax: (907) 271-4545
       Email: KAREN.FORSLAND@sba.gov
       Web Address: http://www.sba.gov/ak


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                                  Silver Hand Program
                              Alaska State Council on the Arts
                                            GP

Administrative Agency:
       Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA)
Program Goals:
       To identify and promote traditional art and handicrafts produced by Alaska Natives living
       in Alaska.
Resource Provided:
       The Silver Hand Program is designed to identify authentic art and handicrafts produced
       within the state by Alaska Natives. The official identifying symbol is the Silver Hand logo;
       a silver hand on a black oval background with the words Authentic Native handicraft
       from Alaska printed at the top. ASCA administers the program for certifying eligible
       artisans, distributes Silver hand tags and stickers to qualified individuals, and oversees
       enforcement of program regulations.
Eligibility:
       A permit to use the Silver Hand seal on handicrafts may be issued to applicants who:
       •   are residents of the State,
       •   document that they are an Alaska Native with 1/4 blood quantum or greater, and
       •   certify that they will affix the seal only to a handicraft made entirely by the applicant,
           within the state, and wholly or in significant part of natural materials,
       •   permits are awarded to individuals 18 years or older.
       The Silver Hand Program has a $20 fee for the two year permit.
Contact:
       Saunders McNeill, Native Arts Program Director
       Alaska State Council on the Arts
       Department of Education & Early Development
       411 West Fourth Avenue, Suite 1E
       Anchorage, AK 99501
       Phone: (907) 269-6610 or (888) 278-7424 (toll free)                     Fax: (907) 269-6601
       Email: saunders_mcneill@eed.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.eed.state.ak.us/aksca




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                Small Business Development Centers
                          Small Business Administration (SBA)
                                       GP B G N

Administrative Agency:
       University of Alaska and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Program Goals:
       The SBDC offers free business counseling by professional staff consultants and
       volunteers. The SBDC also offers business training through workshops, seminars, and
       conferences on marketing, loan proposals, record keeping, business plans, and other
       business-related areas. In addition, the SBDC maintains a business library stocked
       with books, periodicals, videotapes, computers, and business software for use by small
       business owners.
       Additional programs designed to promote the growth and development of small business
       offered through the SBDC network include the Procurement Technical Assistance Center
       (PTAC) which provides assistance with government contracting, Buy Alaska, which
       works to promote in-state purchase of goods and services via the Buyer-Seller Network,
       and the Technology Research and Development Center (TREND).
Eligibility:
       Counseling is free, confidential, and available to all Alaskans. A small fee may be
       charged for workshops, seminars, and conferences. Small business persons are
       encouraged to avail themselves of the services.
Contact:
       Jean Wall, State Director
       Alaska SBDC
       430 West 7th Ave., Suite 110
       Anchorage, AK 99501-3550
       Phone: (907) 274-7232 or (800) 478-7232                   Fax: (907) 274-9524
       Email: anjaf@uaa.alaska.edu or anerw@uaa.alaska.edu
       Web Address: http://www.aksbdc.org/


       Deborah Daisy, Assistant Director of Counseling/Training Services
       Alaska SBDC
       430 West 7th Ave., Suite 110
       Anchorage, AK 99501-3550
       Phone: (907) 274-7232 or (800) 478-7232                   Fax: (907) 274-9524
       Email: andad1@uaa.alaska.edu




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Elisabeth Ahlvin, Assistant Director of Operations & Grants
Alaska SBDC
430 West 7th Ave., Suite 110
Anchorage, AK 99501-3550
Phone: (907) 274-7232 or (800) 478-7232                  Fax: (907) 274-9524
Email: aneja1@uaa.alaska.edu


Matt Tullar, Director
SBDC Rural Outreach Program
430 West 7th Ave., Suite 110
Anchorage, AK 99504
Phone: (907) 274-7232 or (800) 478-7232                  Fax: (907) 274-9524
Email: anmkt@uaa.alaska.edu


James McDermott, Director
University of Alaska Fairbanks SBDC
613 Cushman, Suite 209
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Phone: (907) 456-7232 or (800) 478-1701                   Fax: (907) 456-7233
Email: fnjm4@uaf.edu


Jackie Stewart, Director
Juneau SBDC
3100 Channel Drive, Suite 306
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone: (907) 463-3789              Fax: (907) 463-3489
Email: anjas3@uaa.alaska.edu


Mark Gregory, Director
Kenai Peninsula SBDC
43335 Kalifonsky Beach Road, Suite 12
Soldotna, AK 99669
Phone: (907) 714-2331             Fax: (907) 260-1695
Email: inmeg@uaa.alaska.edu


Vicki Wehe, Director
Mat-Su Borough SBDC
201 Lucille Street, Suite 2A
Wasilla, AK 99654
Phone: (907) 373-7232             Fax: (907) 373-7234
Email: pnvlw@uaa.alaska.edu


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   Small Business Economic Development Revolving
                     Loan Fund
                                                       B$

Administrative Agency:
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development (Commerce), Division
       of Investments
Program Goals:
       To create significant long-term employment and diversify the economy by providing
       start-up and expansion capital for small businesses. Emphasis is placed on projects that
       promise the greatest long-range positive economic impact on a community.
Resource Provided:
       Financing of either industrial or commercial ventures will be considered. The interest rate
       is Prime minus 4%, no less than 4%, and is fixed at the time of loan approval. The term
       of the loan will be determined by the Loan Administration Board. The maximum loan term
       is 20 years. The maximum loan amount is $300,000, and the minimum is $10,000.
Eligibility:
       Applicants will be required to obtain additional private, non-public financing, generally in
       an amount not less than twice the amount requested under the application. Loans may
       be made to companies that are small businesses as defined by the U. S. Small Business
       Administration and are located within rural areas, as defined by the program guidelines.
Alaska Program Status:
       The fund is established by statute and funded jointly by the state and U.S. Economic
       Development Administration (EDA). As of June 2006, there were 57 loans valued at $6.7
       million outstanding.
Comments:
       In order to be funded, the project must be located in an eligible area (affected by high
       unemployment, low average income, etc.) as determined by the EDA. There is a $200
       application fee and a 1% origination fee due at closing.
Contact:
       Kelley Sharp, Loan Manager
       Division of Investments
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
       P.O. Box 34159
       Juneau, AK 99803-4159
       Phone: (907) 465-2510 or (800) 478-LOAN                     Fax: (907) 465-2103
       Email: investments@commerce.state.ak.us
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   Snow Survey and Water/Climate Services Program
                                               GP B G NP N

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Program Goals:
       To provide snow, water, and climate data interpretation and products for public and
       private organizations, land users, and managers; and support NRCS and soil and water
       conservation district priorities.
Resource Provided:
       Near real-time climate data through appropriate use of the data acquisition system
       (meteorburst technology) and monthly reports of snow and climate records collected by
       the cooperative network.
Eligibility:
       Public, private landowners, businesses, and local, state and federal governments, and
       Alaska Native tribes.
Alaska Program Status:
       Program data and information is delivered by NRCS field offices, RC&D offices, and
       soil and water conservation districts through public meetings, newsletters, and reports.
       The responsibility for collecting the snow survey information is a highly cooperative
       effort that includes many partners which include; private individuals, local soil and water
       conservation district members, local, state, and federal governments.
Contact:
       Robert N. Jones, State Conservationist
       Alaska State NRCS Office
       U.S. Department of Agriculture
       800 W. Evergreen, Suite 100
       Palmer, AK 99645
       Phone: (907) 761-7780               Fax: (907) 761-7790
       Email: robert.jones@ak.usda.gov
       Web Address: http://www.ak.nrcs.usda.gov




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                   Conservation Technical Assistance
               Conservation Operations and Farm Bill Programs
                               GP B G NP N

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Program Goals:
       To provide leadership in the conservation and wise use of soil, water, and related
       resources through a balanced, cooperative program that protects, restores, and
       improves those resources.
Resource Provided:
       Technical services for planning, land use, and application of conservation or
       development practices. Technical assistance in the natural, biological, engineering, and
       social sciences is available for planning the use and care of all land uses: agricultural,
       urban, recreation, woodland, mining, etc.; and to address problems or opportunities
       related to natural resources: soil, water, plants, animals, and air.
Eligibility:
       Owners and operators of private lands, local governments, and Alaska Native Tribes.
Alaska Program Status:
       Local offices are in Homer, Kenai, Wasilla, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Delta Junction,
       Glennallen, Juneau, Dillingham, Kodiak, Nome, and Bethel.
Contact:
       Robert N. Jones, State Conservationist
       Alaska State NRCS Office
       U.S. Department of Agriculture
       800 W. Evergreen, Suite 100
       Palmer, AK 99645
       Phone: (907) 761-7780              Fax: (907) 761-7790
       Email: robert.jones@ak.usda.gov
       Web Address: http://www.ak.nrcs.usda.gov




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                                   Soil Survey Program
                                               GP B G NP N

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Program Goals:
       To provide soil and accessory natural resource inventory data and maps to assist land
       owners and land managers in planning activities.
Resource Provided:
       Physical and chemical data, location maps, and interpretive data of major soil groups
       and associated natural resources. Information provided in both hardcopy and GIS
       formats.
Eligibility:
       Public, private landowners, businesses, and local, state and federal governments, and
       Alaska Native tribes.
Alaska Program Status:
       Broad inventory coverage is available for the entire state of Alaska. More detailed
       information is available for the roadbelt/railbelt area, Seward Peninsula, sections of
       Southeast Alaska, and several villages. The program is a highly cooperative effort that
       includes private organizations; local, state, and federal agencies; and local Soil and
       Water Conservation Districts. An ongoing effort is underway to collect additional detailed
       coverage in high priority areas of the state.
Contact:
       Robert N. Jones, State Conservationist
       Alaska State NRCS Office
       U.S. Department of Agriculture
       800 W. Evergreen, Suite 100
       Palmer, AK 99645
       Phone: (907) 761-7780              Fax: (907) 761-7790
       Email: robert.jones@ak.usda.gov
       Web Address: http://www.ak.nrcs.usda.gov




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               State Training and Employment Program
                                                  (STEP)
                                               GP B G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Program Goals:
       The State Training and Employment Program (STEP) is charged with: 1) prevention
       of future claims against unemployment benefits; 2) attraction of new businesses
       through the availability of a skilled labor force and reduction of employer unemployment
       insurance costs; 3) easing the impact of Alaska’s economic fluctuations through training
       or retraining of workers for new and/or emerging industries and technologies; and, 4)
       promotion of local hire.
Resource Provided:
       STEP is funded by one tenth of one percent of employee contributions to the
       Unemployment Insurance (UI) Trust Fund. These employee contributions are deposited
       in a special Employment Assistance and Training Program Account within the state
       General Fund and accessed through grants or individual training vouchers.
Eligibility:
       Job training for persons who: 1) are unemployed and receiving unemployment
       insurance benefits; 2) who have exhausted their UI benefits; 3) are employed but likely
       to lose their job due to the job’s elimination, or 4) due to obsolescence of their job skills;
       5) have worked in a job covered by UI but are ineligible for benefits because the job
       was seasonal, temporary, part-time, or wage contributions were insufficient; 6) or are
       underemployed.
Alaska Program Status:
       STEP was created by the Legislature in 1989 to be more responsive to Alaska job
       market conditions and more flexible than federally funded training programs. The
       Legislature has extended the program through June 2008.
Contact:
       Christine Sanderford, STEP Program Lead
       Division of Business Partnerships
       Department of Labor & Workforce Development
       1016 W. 6th Ave., Suite 205
       Anchorage, AK 99501
       Phone: (907) 269-2002                   Fax: (907) 269-4661
       Email: christine_sanderford@labor.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.labor.state.ak.us/bp/step.htm




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   Sudden and Severe Economic Dislocation Program
                    Long Term Economic Deterioration Program
                                   G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA)
Program Goals:
       To assist state and local areas in the development and implementation of strategies
       designed to arrest and reverse the problems associated with sudden and severe
       economic dislocation or long-term economic deterioration.
Resource Provided:
       Project grants.
Eligibility:
       State or political subdivisions, Alaska Native entities, public or private non-profits.
Alaska Program Status:
       See also the description for Grants for Public Works and Development Facilities and the
       related Technical Assistance program. Sitka received a Sudden and Severe Economic
       Dislocation grant for $50,000 following the pulp mill closure. The State of Alaska received
       $100,000 for evaluation of utilizing the Adak Naval Air Station after its planned closure.
       Western Alaska Fisheries Disaster and Norton Sound Fisheries Disaster grants were
       also issued under this program. Facilities grants are frequently in the $500,000 to $2.5
       million range. The Community Development Quota Organizations have been good
       partners in matching their regions’ projects.
Contact:
       Berney Richert
       Economic Development Administration
       U.S. Department of Commerce
       510 L Street, Suite 444
       Anchorage, AK 99501
       Phone: (907) 271-2272/1439                   Fax: (907) 271-2274
       Email: brichert@eda.doc.gov




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                   Support for Planning Organizations
          Economic Development Districts; Redevelopment Areas
                              G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA)
Program Goals:
       To foster regional economic development planning and implementation capability
       through Economic Development Districts (EDD’s) and redevelopment areas.
Resource Provided:
       Grants for district or area administrative and professional services. Minimum of 25% non-
       federal match required. Native entities may be eligible for 100% grants.
Eligibility:
       Public bodies (boroughs, cities, villages, tribal councils, regional Native non-profits). At
       this time, because of limited funds, only regional entities (EDD’s) and regional Native
       non-profit organizations can be considered. These are Capacity-Building Grants.
Alaska Program Status:
       Lack of funds has limited economic development planning grants to Economic
       Development Deistricts and Regional Native Non-Profits. The Kenai Peninsula EDD,
       Prince William Sound EDD, Southeast Conference, and Southwest Alaska Municipal
       Conference are EDDs and ARDORs. The five Regional Native Tribal grants currently go
       to: Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (THCC), Bristol Bay
       Native Association (BBNA), Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC), Association of Village
       Council Presidents (AVCP) and Kawerak (also an ARDOR through the Bering Strait
       EDC).
Comments:
       Funding is limited and competition is strong. Regional administrative grants usually
       range from $50,000 to $60,000 annually. Grants may be renewed annually if grantee’s
       performance and proposed work plan are acceptable.
Contact:
       Berney Richert
       Economic Development Administration
       U.S. Department of Commerce
       510 L Street, Suite 444
       Anchorage, AK 99501
       Phone: (907) 271-2272              Fax: (907) 271-2274
       Email: brichert@eda.doc.gov




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    Revolving Loan Fund - Tanana Chiefs Conference
                                               GP B NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC)
Program Goals:
       The Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC), through its Business Development Center, is
       dedicated to improving economic growth throughout its service area by expanding
       lending opportunities made available to those businesses that are unable obtain
       financing from traditional sources.
Resource Provided:
       TCC has two loan funds available for businesses, the Denji Loan Fund and the
       Revolving Loan Fund (RLF).
       The Denji Loan Fund is for businesses located in rural Interior Alaskan villages with
       populations of less than 25,000 residents. Funding originates with the Intermediary
       Relending Program, which is administered by the Rural Development division of the U.S.
       Department of Agriculture.
       The RLF is for businesses located within the Fairbanks North Star Borough. This fund
       is made possible from the Economic Development Administration, an agency of the U.S.
       Department of Commerce.
Eligibility:
       Eligible applicants include: individual business owners, partnerships, corporations, and
       Native Tribes.
Contact:
       Patrick Church, Loan Officer/Business Analyst
       Business Development Center
       Tanana Chiefs Conference
       122 First Avenue, Suite 202A
       Fairbanks, AK 99701
       Phone: (907) 452-8251 ext 3278                  Fax: (907) 459-3957
       Email: pat.church@tananachiefs.org
       Web Address: http://www.tccbusinessdevelopment.com


       Cassy Bartch, Business Analysist
       Tanana Chiefs Conference
       122 First Avenue, Suite 202A
       Fairbanks, AK 99701
       Phone: (907) 452-8251              Fax: (907) 459-3957
       Email: cassy.bartch@tananachiefs.org
       Web Address: http://www.tccbusinessdevelopment.com


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      Agricultural Cooperatives Technical Assistance
                               U.S. Department of Agriculture
                                           GP B

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Business and Cooperative Service
Program Goals:
       To formulate, develop, and administer research and technical assistance programs
       regarding the various aspects of farmer cooperatives.
Resource Provided:
       Advisory services and counseling, technical information, educational materials, and
       publications.
Eligibility:
       Rural and farm cooperatives, as well as those interested in forming agricultural
       cooperatives.
Alaska Program Status:
       The agency has provided cooperative information to several Alaska groups and
       individuals and recently received technical requests from potential Alaska cooperatives.
Comments:
       This could be a good source of basic materials for communities that want to investigate
       agricultural cooperative ventures. This agency provides an extensive listing of practical
       and cookbook publications. For more information regarding the financing of general
       cooperatives see the listing for the National Cooperative Bank in this Guide.
Contact:
       Deputy Administrator
       Cooperative Programs
       U.S. Department of Agriculture
       1400 Independence Ave SW
       Washington, DC 20250-3250
       Phone: (202) 720-7558               Fax: (202) 720-4641           Fax Verification (202) 720-8460
       Web Address: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/coops/csdir.htm




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     Center for Economic Development - University of
                         Alaska
                                               GP B G NP N

Administrative Agency:
       University of Alaska and U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development
       Administration
Program Goals:
       To leverage the unique expertise and research capabilities of the University of Alaska
       campuses to facilitate economic development in communities throughout Alaska.
Resource Provided:
       UA/CED technical assistance services include:
       • Information Dissemenation
       • Business Plans
       • Community/Regional Planning
       • Grant Writing
       • Feasibility Studies
       • Market Research
       • Strategic Planning
       Examples of assistance:
       • A financial feasibility analysis piece to be included in a grant application for a
          construction project
       • A market analysis for a new value-added product line that would create jobs in a
          community
       • Preliminary engineering designs for an industrial park
       • An implementation plan for a marketing cooperative
Eligibility:
       UA/CED offers assistance to:
       • Alaska Regional Development Organizations (ARDORs)
       • Community Development Quota (CDQ) Groups
       • Alaska Native Corporations
       • Tribal and Village Councils
       • Municipal and Borough Governments
       • Resource Conservation and Development Councils
       • EDA designated Economic Development Districts




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Contact:
     Christi Bell, Executive Director
     Center for Economic Development
     University of Alaska Anchorage
     4500 Diplomacy Drive, #501
     3211 Providence Dr.
     Anchorage, AK 99508-8243
     Phone: (907) 786-5444              Fax: (907) 786-5446
     Email: ancab5@uaa.alaska.edu
     Web Address: http://ced.uaa.alaska.edu




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         Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants
                                                  G NP N $
Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
Program Goals:
       To assist public entities such as municipalities, boroughs, special purpose districts,
       Indian tribes, and corporations, not operated for profit, in rural areas or cities under
       10,000 in population, with priority given to entities with population under 5,500.
Resource Provided:
       Loan and grant funds to construct, enlarge, extend, or otherwise improve rural water,
       sanitary sewage, solid waste disposal, and storm wastewater disposal facilities; and,
       to construct, relocate, or make other public improvements necessary for the successful
       operation or protection of such facilities.
Eligibility:
       Public entities such as cities, boroughs, federally recognized Alaska Native Village
       entities, and non-profit corporations.
Comments:
       The 2006 FY allocation was $8,698,000 loans, $951,000 loan guarantees, and
       $2,949,000 grant funds. Loans have a maximum term of 40 years. Interest rates are
       set periodically and are based on current market yields for municipal obligations. Grants
       may be made for up to 75% of eligible facility development costs.
Contact:
       Merlaine Kruse, Director
       Community Programs
       Rural Development
       U.S. Department of Agriculture
       800 W. Evergreen, Suite 201
       Palmer, AK 99645
       Phone: (907) 761-7778              Fax: (907) 761-7793
       Email: merlaine.kruse@ak.usda.gov
       Web Address: http://www.usda.gov/rus/water

       Debby Retherford, Rural Utilities Specialist
       Water & Environmental Programs
       Rural Development
       U.S. Department of Agriculture
       800 W. Evergreen, Suite 201
       Palmer, AK 99645
       Phone: (907) 761-7726               Fax: (907) 761-7793
       Email: deborah.retherford@ak.usda.gov
       Web Address: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov

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                      Watershed Protection Programs
                                               GP G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Program Goals:
       There are two programs: The Small Watershed Program, which is to prevent flood
       and erosion damage and further the conservation and utilization of land and water, and
       the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program to assist in relieving imminent
       hazards to life and property from floods and products of erosion due to natural disasters.
Resource Provided:
       Technical and financial assistance.
Eligibility:
       Public and private landowners, state or local governments, and qualified Alaska Native
       tribes or tribal organizations. For the Small Watershed Program there must be a
       Sponsoring Local Organization.
       Eligible projects must employ measures that are adequate, safe, economically and
       environmentally defensible, and technically sound, and meet other requirements in
       federal statutes and regulations.
Alaska Program Status:
       Small watershed projects have been funded in the Badger Road Watershed sponsored
       by the Fairbanks North Star Borough and Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation
       District, and the Delta Clearwater River Watershed sponsored by the Salcha-Big Delta
       Soil and Water Conservation District and the State of Alaska.
       Emergency watershed assistance has been provided the rural communities of Noatak,
       Fort Yukon, Eagle, Dillingham, and Unalakleet.
Contact:
       Robert N. Jones, State Conservationist
       Alaska State NRCS Office
       U.S. Department of Agriculture
       800 W. Evergreen, Suite 100
       Palmer, AK 99645
       Phone: (907) 761-7780             Fax: (907) 761-7790
       Email: robert.jones@ak.usda.gov
       Web Address: http://www.ak.nrcs.usda.gov




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                            World Trade Center Alaska
                                                (WTCAK)
                                               GP B G NP N

Administrative Agency:
       World Trade Center Alaska
Program Goals:
       On behalf of members and community partners, the mission of WTCAK is to assist
       Alaskans to compete successfully for trade and investment in the global market place.
Resource Provided:
       WTCA’s services include:
       •   Trade Capacity: Help Alaska companies to become export ready through
           information, seminars, conferences, and other technical assistance.
       •   Trade Development: Research new markets and identify trade opportunities for
           Alaska companies.
       •   Trade Service: Support Alaskan companies with the information and hands-on
           assistance needed to make trade happen. Connect Alaskan sellers with overseas
           buyers.
       •   Trade Facility: Make available office and conference room setting to facilitate
           business meetings and events.
       •   Trade Network: Provide members with access to facilities and support in more than
           300 cities around the world.
Eligibility:
       The WTCA is a membership association of Alaskan firms and organizations. New
       membership fees vary depending on the size of the business.
Comments:
       General trade inquiries, events, and luncheons are available to the general public.
Contact:
       World Trade Center Alaska
       431 W. 7th Ave., Suite 108
       Anchorage, AK 99501
       Phone: (907) 278-7233              Fax: (907) 278-2982
       Email: info@wtcak.org
       Web Address: http://www.wtcak.org/




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               Southeast Alaska Revolving Loan Fund
                                                  B NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       Juneau Economic Development Council (JEDC)
Program Goals:
       The Southeast Alaska Revolving Loan Fund (The RLF) was established to help business
       owners create and retain quality jobs throughout Southeast Alaska. The RLF makes
       direct loans to new and expanding business that cannot qualify for traditional bank
       financing, but which otherwise appear likely to succeed.
Resource Provided:
       Direct short-term (up to 5-year) loans for projects located within the municipal boundaries
       of Juneau, Wrangell, and Haines under separate revolving loan funds created for each
       of these communities. The RLF also makes direct loans throughout Southeast Alaska,
       except in Juneau, through its USDA Intermediary Relending Program (USDA-IRP).
       Loans range in size from $5,000 to $300,000 based on need, funding, program limits,
       and the availability of traditional or other financing. The RLF can help arrange multi-
       creditor financing for larger projects, and typically attempts to leverage its loan funds with
       bank or other public and private financing.
Eligibility:
       Maximum loan amount determined in part by the number of jobs created or saved in the
       borrower’s business. One full-time equivalent position is required for each $30,000 of
       RLF loan funds. Preference is given to applicants providing manufacturing or highly paid
       jobs. Community-based loan funds (Wrangell, Haines, Sitka) require recommendation
       by the local economic development committee. Juneau-based loans require bank
       participation. Applicants may not have delinquent obligations due the federal, state, or
       local governments. The primary criteria for consideration are dedicated and experienced
       management, past performance, current economic viability of the business, and clear
       competitive advantages. All applicants must have a complete and current business plan.
       Potential applicants are encouraged to call to discuss their project before applying.
Comments:
       The RLF provides financing for most business needs including debt refinancing,
       purchase of fixed assets, permanent working capital, construction, and leasehold
       improvements. Loans priced to reflect risk and to encourage businesses to ‘graduate’ to
       conventional bank financing as early as possible. Each financing package is customized
       to meet the overall cash flow needs of the business. Extensive technical assistance
       is provided before and throughout the loan term by the RLF and Juneau Economic
       Development Council’s business counselors, timber industry experts, and extensive
       network of consultants and business contacts to help entrepreneurs with financial
       management, marketing, manufacturing processes, and general business management
       to ensure each borrower’s business succeeds and the jobs created are sustainable.




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     JEDC counselors will help applicants complete their business plan. Successful loan
     applicants have also been referred through Tlingit Haida Central Council’s business
     counselors and the business counselors at the Juneau and Ketchikan Small Business
     Development Centers. Applications and other forms necessary for loans and other
     business services can be found on Juneau Economic Development Council’s website at
     http://www.jedc.org/.
Contact:
     Margaret O`Neal, Director
     Southeast Alaska Revolving Loan Fund
     612 West Willoughby Avenue, Suite A
     Juneau, AK 99801
     Phone: (907) 463-3662 or (888) 393-3662                   Fax: (907) 463-3929
     Email: moneal@jedc.org
     Web Address: http://www.jedc.org/rlf.htm




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                   Alaska Export Assistance Center
                                  U.S. Commercial Service
                                        GP B G NP N

Administrative Agency:
     U.S. Department of Commerce
Program Goals:
     The Alaska Export Assistance Center is co-located with the World Trade Center Alaska
     and together they help Alaska companies, especially small and medium sized firms
     increase sales and expand into foreign markets.
Resource Provided:
     Services include industry and country market analyses, customized market analyses,
     finding qualified distributors and joint venture partners, background checks of foreign
     companies, trade missions, export documentation, licensing, classification, and tariff
     consultation. Fees may apply for some services.
Comments:
     The U.S. Commercial Service is strategically located to ensure effective penetration
     of foreign markets by Alaskan businesses with a network of international marketing
     specialists that span the globe in 153 cities in 81 countries.
Contact:
     Chuck Becker, Director
     Alaska Export Assistance Center
     U.S. Commercial Services
     U.S. Department of Commerce
     431 W. 7th Ave., Suite 108
     Anchorage, AK 99501
     Phone: (907) 271-6237             Fax: (907) 271-6242
     Email: cbecker@mail.doc.gov
     Web Address: http://www.buyusa.gov/alaska




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                                Alaska Grown Program
                                               GP B NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       Division of Agriculture, Department of Natural Resources
Program Goals:
       Alaska Grown is a marketing and quality assurance program designed to support
       and increase the sales of Alaskan agriculture products. The program works to bring
       producers, wholesalers, and retailers together based on sound marketing information.
Resource Provided:
       The Alaskan Grown logo and point of sale material. The program also provides product
       grading, marketing support programs, and facilitation of commercial agricultural
       transactions.
Eligibility:
       Producers of agricultural products, grown or developed in Alaska must apply for
       authorization in order to use the logo and point of sale material.
Contact:
       Doug Warner, Administrator
       Division of Agriculture
       Department of Natural Resources
       1800 Glenn Hwy., Suite 12
       Palmer, AK 99645-6736
       Phone: (907) 745-7200               Fax: (907) 745-7254
       Email: douglas_warner@dnr.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/ag


       Amy Pettit, Development Specialist
       Division of Agriculture
       Department of Natural Resources
       1800 Glenn Hwy., Ste 12
       Palmer, AK 99645
       Phone: (907) 761-3864               Fax: (907) 745-7254
       Email: amy_pettit@dnr.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/ag




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    Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank
                                                   (CFAB)
                                                  GP B N $

Administrative Agency:
       Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank
Program Goals:
       CFAB’s authority and mission is to provide financing to the commercial fishing,
       agriculture, tourism, and other resource-based industries in Alaska.
Resource Provided:
       Provides loans to Alaskan residents.
Eligibility:
       To become a CFAB borrower, an applicant must be commercially involved in one of the
       industries mentioned: commercial fishing, agriculture, tourism or other resource-based
       industries. The applicant must be an Alaska resident, as must individual members of a
       partnership. The majority ownership and control of corporations or other legal entities
       must rest with Alaska residents.
Alaska Program Status:
       The Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank was established as a private
       member owned cooperative by a special Alaska statute, and began operations in 1980.
Comments:
       Borrowers have the opportunity to participate in CFAB’s annual financial results through
       a partial refund of interest paid. CFAB is controlled by a Board of Directors whose
       members are elected by and from among its stockholders.
Contact:
       JoAnn Rodamaker
       Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank
       2550 Denali St., Suite 1201
       Anchorage, AK 99503-2737
       Phone: (907) 276-2007 or (800) 544-2228                   Fax: (907) 279-7913
       Email: cfabanch@gci.net
       Web Address: http://www.cfabalaska.com/




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                        Alaska State Office of Tourism
                    Tourism Planning and Technical Assistance
                                  GP B G NP N

Administrative Agency:
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development (Commerce), Office of
       Economic Development (OED)
Program Goals:
       The Office of Tourism’s goal is to stimulate economic growth, diversification, and job
       opportunities in Alaska through tourism research, planning, and business development.
Resource Provided:
       The Office provides the following resources specific to tourism: research, community and
       regional tourism planning and management, product development, business planning
       and development, and customer service training. Upon request, tourism staff provide
       presentations and workshops at tourism and economic development conferences around
       the state. The Office of Tourism manages the State of Alaska’s tourism marketing
       contract with the Alaska Travel Industry Association (www.alaskatia.org).
Eligibility:
       Services of the Office of Tourism are available to Alaska residents, communities, villages,
       native corporations, businesses, non-profit, and other organizations.
Contact:
       Odin Brudie, Tourism Transportation Planner
       Office of Economic Development
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
       P.O. Box 110804
       Juneau, AK 99811
       Phone: (907) 465-2500              Fax: (907) 465-3767
       Email: odin_brudie@commerce.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/oed/home.htm


       Lisa Conrad, Tok Visitor Center Manager
       Office of Economic Development
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
       P.O. Box 359
       Tok, AK 99780
       Phone: (907) 883-5667              Fax: (907) 883-5667
       Email: lisa_conrad@commerce.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/oed/home.htm




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Dru Garson, Tourism Business Development Specialist
Office of Economic Development
Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
P.O. Box 110804
Juneau, AK 99811
Phone: (907) 465-2500             Fax: (907) 465-3767
Email: dru_garson@commerce.state.ak.us
Web Address: http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/oed/home.htm


Caryl McConkie, Development Manager
Office of Economic Development
Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
P.O. Box 110804
Juneau, AK 99811
Phone: (907) 465-2500            Fax: (907) 465-3767
Email: caryl_mcconkie@commerce.state.ak.us
Web Address: http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/oed/toubus/home.cfm




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     Evergreen Community Development Association
                                                       B$

Administrative Agency:
       Evergreen Community Development Association
Program Goals:
       Evergreen CDA offers the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 504 Loan Program
       designed to provide long-term, low fixed-rate financing to small businesses to acquire
       owner-occupied real estate, machinery, or equipment for expansion or modernization.
       The program is designed to be a job creator - it exists to help small businesses expand
       and create full time, permanent jobs in their communities.
Resource Provided:
       SBA 504 loans are delivered through Certified Development Companies (CDC’s), which
       are private, non-profit organizations dedicated to helping businesses grow and thrive in
       their local communities. CDC’s work with the SBA and private-sector lenders to provide
       financing to small businesses. Evergreen Community Development Association has
       been serving the Pacific Northwest as a CDC for over 25 years and now operates in
       Alaska, Washington, and Oregon.


       The structure of financing under a 504 loan is a cooperative lending effort between
       a CDC, such as Evergreen, and a private lending entity such as a commercial
       bank. Typically, the private lending entity provides 50% of the loan proceeds and
       Evergreen lends up to 40%. Evergreen’s maximum amount financed is $1,500.000
       for typical projects, $2,000,000 if certain public policy goals are met, or $4,000,000 for
       manufacturers, but there is no limit to the bank loan or total project size. The program
       requires a contribution of at least 10 percent equity from the small business being
       helped. The cost of utilizing the 504 loan program is 2.65% of the amount being
       borrowed from Evergreen and it may be financed as a part of the loan.
Eligibility:
       The 504 Loan Program is designed primarily for healthy, well-established small
       businesses needing or wanting to expand, but it may also be use for new business start-
       ups that are well planned and reasonably strong equity financing. Projects appropriate
       for 504 funding include land and building acquisition, building remodel, new construction
       on fee-simple or leased land, and the acquisition of major equipment other than rolling
       stock.
Comments:
       The term of the private lending entity must be a minimum of 10 years and Evergreen
       provides a 20-year term. Interest rates on the private lender’s loan and Evergreen are
       negotiated separately.




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Contact:
     Desiree Gray, Loan Officer
     Evergreen Community Development Association
     900 Fourth Ave., Suite 2900
     Seattle, WA 98164
     Phone: (800) 878-6613 ext. 426                Fax: (206) 623-6613
     Email: dgray@ecda.com
     Web Address: http://www.ecda.com/




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                       Alaska Scenic Byways Program
                                                   G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       State Agency: Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Division of
       Program Development; Federal Agency: Federal Highway Administration
Program Goals:
       Once a route is officially designated an Alaska Scenic Byway, a National Scenic Byway
       or an All-American Road, it is eligible for National Scenic Byway funds to prepare and
       implement a corridor management plan. A local match of 20% is required for all grant
       projects.
Resource Provided:
       Scenic Byway Grants can be used for developing corridor management plans, safety
       improvements, byway facilities that interpret or enhance the intrinsic qualities of the
       scenic byway, access to recreation (including water recreation), resource protection,
       interpretive information, and marketing.
Eligibility:
       Non-profit groups, State and local governmental agencies, or political subdivisions within
       Alaska may apply for projects along officially designated state and national byways.
Alaska Program Status:
       Grant applications are accepted on an annual basis. Check the National Scenic
       Byways website or contact the Alaska Byways Coordinator for criteria and other details.
       Applications are submitted online via the National Scenic Byways website at http://www.
       byways.org. A hard copy with attachments must also be submitted.
Contact:
       Aneta Synan, Scenic Byways Coordinator
       Division of Program Development
       Department of Transportation & Public Facilities
       P.O. Box 112500
       Juneau, AK 99811
       Phone: (907) 465-8769                   Fax: (907) 465-6984
       Email: scenic_byways@dot.state.ak.us




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                    Recreational Trails Grant Program
                                                   G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       Alaska Department of Natural Resources; Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation
Program Goals:
       The Recreational Trails Grant Program is available for trail development, trail
       maintenance, easement acquisition, environmental protection or safety education
       programs relating to trail use.
Resource Provided:
       This program offers 80/20 federal matching funds. Applicants are allowed to request up
       to a maximum of $50,000 per application.
Eligibility:
       Municipalities, public agencies, Native organizations or non-profit organizations are
       eligible
Comments:
       Applications are available at http://www.alaskatrails.org and are due by December 1,
       2006.
Contact:
       Samantha Carroll, Trails Coordinator

       Phone: (907) 269-8699             Fax: (907) 269-8907
       Web Address: http://www.alaskatrails.org


       Georgia Conti, Grants Administrator
       Alaska State Parks
       Recreational Trails Grant Program
       Department of Natural Resources
       550 W. 7th Ave., Suite 1380
       Anchorage, AK 99501-3561
       Phone: (907) 269-8709                   Fax: (907) 269-8907
       Email: georgia_conti@dnr.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.alaskatrails.org




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                   Private Lands Wildlife Management
                                                GP B NP N

Administrative Agency:
       Alaska Village Initiatives, Inc.
Program Goals:
       Private Lands Wildlife Management (PLWM) is a program to encourage active
       negotiations and cooperative partnerships between subsistence and recreational users,
       Alaska State Fish and Game, and Alaska landowners for the progressive development
       and sustainable management of wildlife resources for the benefit of all Alaskans.
       This strategy will have a long-term effect of increasing wildlife populations, primarily
       through habitat improvement. Well managed wildlife populations increase subsistence
       and recreational hunting opportunities as well as creating cash income for rural local
       economies through non-consumptive tourism and recreational hunting revenues.
Resource Provided:
       Alaska Village Initiatives has informational materials and fee-based assistance available
       to help private landowners get started. Benefits of PLWM include increased local control
       of the wildlife resource of your lands, professional management to enhance wildlife
       resources, opportunity to increase the amount of subsistence resources available to
       shareholders and tribal members, and reduce trespassing costs through a self-funded
       permitted guided system.
Eligibility:
       AVI’s PLWM offers programs and services to AVI members and non-members alike. Our
       membership includes a diverse group of organizations, primarily representing federally
       recognized Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations, Regional corporations and non-profits,
       and community based organizations throughout rural Alaska.
Alaska Program Status:
       Continuing
Contact:
       Jane Goetzinger, Associate
       Professional Services Group
       Alaska Village Initiatives, Inc.
       1577 C Street, Suite 304
       Anchorage, AK 99501
       Phone: (907) 263-9830 or (800) 478-2332
       Fax: (907) 263-9971
       Email: jgoetzinger@akvillage.com
       Web Address: http://www.akvillage.com




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                    Rural Development Initiative Fund
                                                   GP B $

Administrative Agency:
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development (Commerce), Division
       of Investments
Program Goals:
       To provide loans for working capital, equipment, construction, or other commercial
       purposes.
Resource Provided:
       Maximum loan amount is $100,000 to a person, or up to $200,000 to two or more
       persons. Interest rate is fixed at time of loan approval, 1% below the prime rate, not
       to be less than 6%. Maximum loan term is 25 years. The term will be based on the
       collateral offered, the useful life of the asset being purchased, the size of the loan, and
       the needs of the applicant.
Eligibility:
       Businesses must be located in a community with a population of 5,000 or less that is
       not connected by road or rail to Anchorage or Fairbanks, or with a population of 2,000
       or less that is connected by road or rail to Anchorage or Fairbanks. Loans must result
       in the creation of new jobs or the retention of existing jobs in the eligible community. A
       reasonable amount of non-state funding must be included as part of the total project
       cost.
Alaska Program Status:
       As of June 2006, there were 23 loans valued at $2.2 million.
Comments:
       There is a $100 application fee. A 1% origination fee is due at closing. All expenses
       incurred by the department in processing the application must be paid by the applicant.
       Expenses may include the cost of title insurance, recording fees, appraisals, travel or
       other direct costs.


       Loan funds generally may not be used to reimburse costs incurred more than six months
       prior to submitting an application. The funds generally may not be used to refinance
       long-term debt. A person who has an existing loan under this program may not be
       granted another loan until the original loan has been repaid. Loans must be secured by
       adequate collateral, such as a mortgage or other security instrument, real property, or
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Contact:
     Kelley Sharp, Loan Manager
     Division of Investments
     Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
     P.O. Box 34159
     Juneau, AK 99803-4159
     Phone: (907) 465-2510 or (800) 478-LOAN                    Fax: (907) 465-2103
     Email: investments@commerce.state.ak.us
     Web Address: http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/investments




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     Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center
                                             GP B NP N $

Administrative Agency:
     The Northwest Trade Adjustment Center; U.S. Department of Commerce
Program Goals:
     The Northwest Trade Adjustment Center is a private, non-profit organization sponsored
     by the U.S. Department of Commerce. NWTAAC supports projects that help
     manufacturers compete with lower-priced imports.
Resource Provided:
     •     NWTAAC pays a consultant that provides services to the business. There are no
           direct cash awards to the business receiving the service.
     •     The business must pay one half the cost of the project.
     •     The minimum award is $22,500.
     •     The maximum award.
Comments:
     Businesses have employed NWTAAC to help them:
     •     Identify new markets
     •     Introduce new products
     •     Upgrade product design and packaging
     •     Improve distribution
     •     Solve process problems
     •     Employ new technology
     •     Reduce materials and inventory costs
     •     Cut production costs
     •     Improve cash flow
Contact:
     Judith Klinkam
     Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center
     1200 Westlake Avenue North, #802
     Seattle, WA 98109
     Phone: (206) 622-2730               Fax: (206) 622-1105
     Email: jk@nwtaac.org
     Web Address: http://www.taacenters.org




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                           Snowmobile Grant Program
                                               GP B G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       Department of Natural Resources
Program Goals:
       Development and maintenance of snowmobile trails, provide for safety and education
       programs relating to snowmobile use, and easement acquisition.
Resource Provided:
       Grants are available for easement acquisition, equipment rental or purchase, and
       construction or maintenance of trails and trail related facilities. Matching funds are
       required for trail development grants. No match is required for safety and education
       grants.
Eligibility:
       Public agencies, businesses, private citizens, and non-profit organizations are eligible.
Alaska Program Status:
       Application forms and deadlines are available at http://www.alaskatrails.org.
Comments:
       Applications are available on Web site and the due date is generally in early September.
       Trail development and maintenance grants are 75/25 matching grants. There is no
       required match for safety and education grants.
Contact:
       Georgia Conti, Grants Administrator
       Parks & Outdoor Recreation
       Alaska State Parks
       Department of Natural Resources
       550 W. 7th Ave., Suite 1380
       Anchorage, AK 99501-3561
       Phone: (907) 269-8709              Fax: (907) 269-8907
       Email: georgia_conti@dnr.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.alaskatrails.org




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                   Rural Business Opportunity Grants
                                                  G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
Program Goals:
       The program is designed to promote sustainable economic development in rural
       communities with exceptional needs by:
       •   Promoting sustainable economic development
       •   Encouraging economic development by providing critical investments that enable
           effective development projects
       •   Focusing assistance to priority communities
       •   Sponsoring activities with significant potential to serve as best practices
Resource Provided:
       Grants may be used for these purposes:
       •   To identify and analyze business opportunities that use local resources
       •   To establish business support centers or otherwise support creation of new
           businesses through technical assistance
       •   For economic development planning
       •   To identify, train and provide technical assistance to existing or prospective
           entrepreneurs and managers
Eligibility:
       Grants are available to rural areas in Alaska that are outside of cities with a population of
       more than 50,000. Eligible organizations include public bodies; non-profit corporations;
       Indian tribes on Federal reservations and other Federally recognized tribal groups; and
       cooperatives with members that are primarily rural residents.
Comments:
       Grant funds may not be used for these purposes:
       •   To duplicate current services (but can be used to expand current service if
           inadequate)
       •   To fund political activities
       •   To pay for any project costs incurred prior to the effective date if awarded a grant
       •   To pay for assistance to any private business not at least 51% owned by U.S. citizens
       •   To pay any costs of acquiring real estate, building construction, or equipment




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Contact:
     Dean Stewart
     Rural Development
     U.S. Department of Agriculture
     800 W. Evergreen, Suite 201
     Palmer, AK 99645
     Phone: (907) 761-7722              Fax: (907) 761-7793
     Email: dean.stewart@ak.usda.gov
     Web Address: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov




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                   Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program
                                                  (WHIP)
                                               GP B G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Program Goals:
       The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) is a voluntary program that encourages
       creation of high quality wildlife habitats that support wildlife populations of National,
       State, Tribal, and local significance.
Resource Provided:
       Through WHIP, the NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to landowners and
       others to develop upland, wetland, riparian, and aquatic habitat areas on their property.
       WHIP can provide a financial cost-share incentive up to 75% of project costs. Other
       contributing partners may reduce the landowner’s 25% portion.
Eligibility:
       To be eligible an entity must own or have control of the land to be enrolled in the program
       for the duration of the agreement period. Eligible lands under the program are:
       •   Privately-owned land
       •   Federal land where the primary benefit is on private or Tribal land
       •   State and local government land, on a limited basis
       •   Tribal land
Alaska Program Status:
       Alaska’s WHIP benefits include restoration and enhancement of critical salmon
       spawning, rearing, feeding, and escape cover for these fish, as well as Interior
       populations of whitefish and pike - crucial as a recreation and subsistence resource.
       WHIP provides low impact approaches to restore fragmented moose and bear habitat,
       through the decommissioning or restoration of abused roads and trail areas. WHIP can
       help restore forest and woodland acres lost through spruce bark beetle and other forest
       destruction activities. Migratory birds and waterfowl heavily utilize WHIP shallow surface
       waters and surrounding area native plants. WHIP provides diverse ways for private
       citizens to become involved in wildlife conservation stewardship, and become educated
       and empowered in issues they see as important on their own property.
Comments:
       For more information see http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/farmbill/2002/. To apply for
       the program, please contact one of the NRCS Field Offices in Alaska: Anchorage (271-
       2424); Bethel (543-7155); Craig (826-5690); Delta Junction (895-4241); Fairbanks (470-
       3159); Homer (235-8177); Kenai (283-8732); Mat-Su (373-6492); or Nome (443-6096).




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Contact:
     Program Manager
     Alaska State Office
     U.S. Department of Agriculture
     800 W. Evergreen, Suite 100
     Palmer, AK 99645
     Phone: (907) 761-7757              Fax: (907) 761-7790
     Web Address: http://www.ak.nrcs.usda.gov


     Thomas Hedt, Assistant State Conservationist
     Alaska State NRCS Office
     U.S. Department of Agriculture
     800 W. Evergreen, Suite 100
     Palmer, AK 99645
     Phone: (907) 761-7757              Fax: (907) 761-7790
     Email: thomas.hedt@ak.usda.gov
     Web Address: http://www.ak.nrcs.usda.gov




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                         Farmland Protection Program
                                                  (FPP)
                                                B G NP N $
Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Program Goals:
       The Farmland Protection Program (FPP) is a voluntary program that helps farmers and
       ranchers keep their land in agriculture and prevent conversion of agricultural land to non-
       agricultural uses.
Resource Provided:
       The program provides matching funds to State, Tribal, and local governments, and
       non-governmental organizations with existing farmland protection programs to purchase
       conservation easements. These entities purchase easements from landowners in
       exchange for a lump-sum payment, not to exceed the appraised fair market value of the
       land’s development rights.
Eligibility:
       LAND: Entire farms or ranches may be enrolled in FPP. The farmland or ranch land
       must contain at least 50% of prime, unique, Statewide, or locally important soil, or
       contain historic or archaeological sites. These lands must also be subject to a pending
       offer from an eligible entity for the purpose of limiting conversion of the land to non-
       agricultural uses. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, grassland, pasture land,
       and forest land that is part of an agricultural operation.
       ENTITY: An eligible entity must be a Federally recognized Indian Tribe, State or local
       agency, or a non-governmental organization that:
       •   is organized principally for the preservation of land for recreation, open space,
           historical preservation, and natural habitat;
       •   is operated exclusively for charitable, religious, or educational purposes;
       •   normally receives more than one-third of its support from any combination of gifts,
           grants, contributions, or membership fees.
Comments:
       For more information, see http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/farmbill/2002/.
Contact:
       Robert Jones
       Alaska State NRCS Office
       U.S. Department of Agriculture
       800 W. Evergreen, Suite 100
       Palmer, AK 99645
       Phone: (907) 761-7780               Fax: (907) 761-7790
       Email: robert.jones@ak.usda.gov
       Web Address: http://www.ak.nrcs.usda.gov


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       Rural Alaska Broadband Internet Access Grant
                         Program
                                                       B$
Administrative Agency:
       Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA); Department of Commerce, Community, and
       Economic Development (Commerce)
Program Goals:
       Grant funds are available to acquire and install equipment, facilities, and systems to
       provide local broadband Internet access in qualifying communities in rural Alaska.
       Internet access should foster economic growth, enhance educational opportunities, and
       support advancement of community health standards to strengthen those communities.
Resource Provided:
       $15 million in federal grants were awarded to the RCA and Commerce. Of that amount,
       approximately $6.8 million was committed after the first round of grant funding under
       the program. Grant recipients are required to match awards with cash or in-kind
       contributions equal to at least 25% of the total project costs.
Eligibility:
       The applicant must be, or partner with, a telecommunications or cable provider.
       Communities must have more than 19.5% unemployment (persons able and willing to
       work); with a population of less than 20,000; and must have no local dial-up Internet
       access.
Alaska Program Status:
       Information is available from the RCA at http://www.state.ak.us/rca/usda/grant.htm
Contact:
       Rich Gazaway, Common Carrier Specialist
       Regulatory Commission of Alaska
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
       701 West 8th Ave., Suite 300
       Anchorage, AK 99501
       Phone: (907) 276-6222              Fax: (907) 276-0160
       Email: richard_gazaway@rca.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.state.ak.us/rca/Broadband/
       John Paul (Jess) Manaois, Common Carrier Specialist
       Regulatory Commission of Alaska
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
       701 West 8th Ave., Suite 300
       Anchorage, AK 99501
       Phone: (907) 276-6222              Fax: (907) 276-0160
       Email: john_paul_manaois@rca.state.ak.us
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       Southeast Alaska Business Assistance Center
                                                   GP B $

Administrative Agency:
       Juneau Economic Development Council (JEDC)
Program Goals:
       The Mission of the Business Assistance Center (BAC) is to empower entrepreneurs
       in Southeast to be more successful by providing advice, information, and the tools of
       analysis.
Resource Provided:
       The two primary activities of the BAC are conducting workshops, and seminars and
       one-on-one counseling. Through our confidential counseling we can address any specific
       questions or problem areas that an individual may have. The seminars address various
       topics that are relevant to many different types of businesses.
Eligibility:
       Our counselors are experienced businesspeople who can answer questions, evaluate
       business plans, and much more. They are experienced in counseling by phone for those
       clients who live outside of the Juneau area. Our counseling is free to low and moderate
       income clients.
Alaska Program Status:
       The Business Assistance Center is a Micro Enterprise program, funded by the U.S.
       Small Business Administration.
Comments:
       See http://www.jedc.org/forms/RequestforCounseling.pdf to request counseling.
Contact:
       Meagan Gleason, Business Development Manager
       Juneau Economic Development Council
       612 W. Willoughby Ave., Suite A
       Juneau, AK 99801-1732
       Phone: (907) 463-3662 or (888) 393-3662                   Fax: (907) 463-3929
       Email: mgleason@jedc.org
       Web Address: http://www.jedc.org/bac.htm




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                                     Americorps*VISTA
 Division of Community Advocacy - Volunteers in Service to America
                             G NP

Administrative Agency:
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development (Commerce), Division
       of Community Advocacy (DCA)
Program Goals:
       DCA is the umbrella sponsor for 20 VISTA members throughout the State of Alaska.
       The program promotes economic development by mobilizing community resources and
       increasing the capacity of a target community to meet its own needs. VISTAs encourage
       volunteer service at the local level and strengthen local organizations addressing the
       needs of low-income communities.
Resource Provided:
       The program provides full-time members committed to one year of service. Detailed
       work plans outlining goals and objectives for the year are developed and implemented.
       Technical assistance (i.e. planning process, grant writing, marketing) are offered to
       members and their sponsor organizations. The Corporation for National and Community
       Service funds the program.
Eligibility:
       Any non-profit, government, or faith-based organization working towards economic
       development can apply to be a VISTA sponsor organization.
Alaska Program Status:
       You may apply to be a VISTA sponsor any time and, if the application is approved, the
       recruitment process begins immediately.
Contact:
       Christi Bell, Program Manager, Economic Development
       UA Center for Economic Development
       3211 Providence Drive
       Diplomacy Building, 507G
       Anchorage, AK 99508
       Phone: (907) 786-5444              Fax: (907) 786-5446
       Email: ancab5@uaa.alaska.edu
       Web Address: http://ced.uaa.alaska.edu




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    State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)
                                               GP B G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
Program Goals:
       To schedule the program of surface transportation improvements in Alaska.
Resource Provided:
       Design and construct transportation improvements throughout the state.
       The STIP includes six elements using federal highway funding and eight elements using
       federal transit funding:
       Federal Highway Program
       • National Highway System (NHS)
       • Alaska Highway System (AHS)
       • Community Transportation Program (CTP)
       • Trails & Recreational Access for Alaska (TRAAK)
       • Ferries and Ferry Facilities
       • Federally Required and Preventive Maintenance
       Federal Transit Program
       • Program Passenger Operations
       • Job Access and Reverse Communte (JARC)
       • Ferries and Ferry Facilities
       • Fixed Guideway
       • Bus and Bus Facilities
       • Program Elderly and Persons with Disabilities Grants
       • Program Rural Capital and Operating Grants
       • New Freedom Initiative
       CTP and TRAAK projects are nominated and scored. Funding is provided based on
       scores. Program Elderly and Persons with Disabilities Grants and Program Rural Capital
       and Operating Grants are selected competitively.
Eligibility:
       1. Discuss your project with your area planner in a DOT Regional Office. Planning
          support is ongoing. DOT will support communities in looking ahead together. DOT
          encourages land-use planning, if the community is interested. Map of area planners
          is on-line at http://www.dot.state.ak.us/stwdplng/cip_stip/map.shtml
       2. Prepare a nomination form for CTP or TRAAK projects or Grant application for
          Transit Projects.
       3. Get Resolution of Support for your Local Elected Governing Body (City or Borough).
       4. Community projects may become part of larger Regional Transportation Plans
          (Southeast, Southwest, Y-K Delta, Northwest, Interior and Copper River Delta
          Regions) and included in a public process.
       5. The Project is scored by DOT Regional and Statewide Offices.

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Alaska Program Status:
     Last year, Alaska received about $315 million of federal transportation funds for use
     on surface transportation improvement projects. Nominations for Transportation and
     Recreational Access for Alaskans and Community Transportation Program are evaluated
     every two years and the top scoring projects are scheduled in the STIP if funding is
     sufficient. Federal funding reductions and recent earmarking by Congress has limited
     funds available for these programs.
Comments:
     Grants are given for only Federal Transit Programs.
Contact:
     John Tolley, Preconstruction & Planning Chief
     Central Region
     4111 Aviation Avenue
     Anchorage, AK 99519
     Phone: (907) 269-0520
     Email: john_tolley@dot.state.ak.us
     Web Address: http://www.dot.state.ak.us

     Jim Scholl, STIP Coordinator
     Capital Programs
     Division of Program Development
     Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
     3132 Channel Drive
     Juneau, AK 99801
     Phone: (907) 465-4070 or (888) 752-6368                  Fax: (907) 465-6984 or (888) 752-6329
     Email: planning_comments@dot.state.ak.us
     Web Address: http://www.dot.state.ak.us

     Jerry Rafson, Planning Chief
     Northern Region
     2301 Peger Road
     Fairbanks, AK 99709
     Phone: (907) 451-5150
     Email: jerry_rafson@dot.state.ak.us
     Web Address: http://www.dot.state.ak.us

     Andy Hughes, Planning Chief
     6860 Glacier Highway
     Juneau, AK 99801
     Phone: (907) 465-1776
     Email: andy_hughes@dot.state.ak.us
     Web Address: http://www.dot.state.ak.us

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  Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program-Section
                          202
                                                      NP $

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Program Goals:
       To finance the construction, rehabilitation, or acquisition with or without rehabilitation
       of structures that will serve as supportive housing for very low-income elderly persons,
       including the frail elderly, and provides rent subsidies for the projects to help make them
       affordable.
Resource Provided:
       To finance the construction, rehabilitation, or acquisition with or without rehabilitation
       of structures that will serve as supportive housing for very low-income elderly persons,
       including the frail elderly, and provides rent subsidies for the projects to help make them
       affordable.
Eligibility:
       Eligible Grantees: Private non-profit organizations can apply to develop a Section 202
       project. Public entities are not eligible for funding under this program.
       Eligible Residents: Occupancy in Section 202 housing is open to any very low-income
       household comprised of at least one person who is at least 62 years old at the time of
       initial occupancy.
Comments:
       Applicants must submit an electronic application for a capital advance, including a
       Request for Fund Reservation (HUD Form 92015-CA) and other information in response
       to the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) published in the Federal Register each fiscal
       year. Applications must be submitted electronically at www.grants.gov. Those selected
       for funding must meet basic program requirements, including private non-profit status,
       financial commitment, and acceptable control of an approvable site. Awards are usually
       announced in the Fall.
Contact:
       Region X Office
       U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
       909 First Avenue
       Seattle, WA 98104
       Phone: (877) 741-3281                   Fax: (206) 220-5206
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  Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting
                     Communities
                                               (AN/NHIAC)
                                                  NP $

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Program Goals:
       To assist Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian institutions of higher education (AN/NHIs) to
       expand their role and effectiveness in addressing community development needs in their
       localities.
Resource Provided:
       Grants to assist Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian institutions of higher education (AN/
       NHIs) to expand their role and effectiveness in addressing community development
       needs in their localities.
Eligibility:
       Eligible Grantees: Only accredited non-profit Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian
       institutions of higher education that meet the definitions of Alaska Native and Native
       Hawaiian institutions of higher education established in Title III, Part A, Section 317 of
       the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Higher Education Amendments
       of 1998 (Pub. L. 105-244; enacted October 7, 1998) are eligible to apply. If you are an
       Alaska Native institution of higher education, in order for you to meet this definition, at
       least 20 percent of your undergraduate headcount enrollment must be Alaska Native
       students.
       Eligible Activities: Each activity proposed for funding must meet the Community
       Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) eligibility requirements and at least one
       national objective. The three national objectives are:
       •   Benefit to low- and moderate- income persons;
       •   Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight; or
       •   Meet other community development needs having a particular urgency because
           existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health and welfare of
           the community, and other financial resources are not available to meet such needs.
       Some of the eligible activities include: acquisition of real property; clearance and
       demolition; rehabilitation of residential structures and compliance with the accessibility
       requirements contained in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and
       Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; direct homeownership assistance to low- and
       moderate-income persons; and special economic development activities described
       at 24 CFR 570.203 and assistance to facilitate economic development by providing
       technical or financial assistance for the establishment, stabilization, and expansion of
       microenterprises, including minority enterprises.




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Comments:
     Application: HUD publishes an annual Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and an
     application kit for the AN/NHIAC Program. Applications must be filed electronically at:
     www.grants.gov
Contact:
     Anchorage Field Office
     U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
     3000 C St., Suite 401
     Anchorage, AK 99503
     Phone: (907) 677-9800             Fax: (907) 677-9803
     Web Address: http://www.hud.gov


     Application kits are available from the University Partnerships Clearinghouse
     (1-800-245-2691) or through the University Partnerships website at www.oup.org .




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                 Assisted-Living Conversion Program
                                                   (ALCP)
                                                    NP $

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Program Goals:
       To provide non-profit owners of eligible developments with a grant to convert some or all
       of the dwelling units in a project into an Assisted Living Facility (ALF) for the frail elderly.
       The facility must be licensed and regulated by the State (or if there is no State law
       providing such licensing and regulation, by the municipality or other subdivision in which
       the facility is located).
       Assisted-Living Facilities (ALFs) are designed to accommodate frail elderly and
       people with disabilities who can live independently but need assistance with activities
       of daily living (e.g., assistance with eating, bathing, grooming, dressing, and home
       management activities). ALFs must provide support services such as personal care,
       transportation, meals, housekeeping, and laundry
Resource Provided:
       Typical funding will cover basic physical conversion of existing project units, common
       and services space. The ALCP provides funding for the physical costs of converting
       some or all of the units of an eligible development into an ALF, including the unit
       configuration, common, and services space and any necessary remodeling, consistent
       with HUD or the State’s statute/regulations (whichever is more stringent). There must be
       sufficient community space to accommodate a central kitchen or dining facility, lounges,
       recreation, and other multiple-areas available to all residents of the project, or office/staff
       spaces in the ALF. Funding for the supportive services must be provided by the owners
       either directly or through a third party.
Eligibility:
       Eligible Grantees: Only private non-profit owners of Section 202 and Section 8 project-
       based housing developments - designated to be occupied primarily by the elderly for
       at least five years - are eligible for funding. These eligible properties also include those
       funded by Rural Housing Services - Section 515, Section 221(d)(3) BMIR, or Section 236
       programs. A private non-profit of an unused/underutilized commercial property is eligible
       as well.
Comments:
       Application: Applicants must submit an electronic application for funding in response to
       the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) published in the Federal Register each fiscal
       year. Applicants that apply for the Assisted-Living Conversion Program compete for
       program funds allocated to each individual Multifamily Hub Office. Awards are generally
       announced in the fall. Applications must be submitted electronically at www.grants.gov.




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Contact:
Region X Office
U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
909 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (877) 741-3281             Fax: (206) 220-5206
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                             BIA IRR Roads Program
                                                      N$

Administrative Agency:
     U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
Program Goals:
     To improve transportation and economic conditions.
Resource Provided:
     Planning, design, and construction contracts for Alaska tribes.
Alaska Program Status:
     Typically $22M per year. TIP prepared annually. Majority of funds allocated to Federally
     Recognized Tribes in Alaska on a Tribal Share basis.
Contact:
     Peggy J. Exendine, Alaska Regional Transportation Director
     BIA Transportation
     P.O. Box 25520
     Juneau, AK 99802-5520
     Phone: (907) 586-7386                   Fax: (907) 586-7357




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                        Alaska Forest Legacy Program
                                               GP B G NP N $
Administrative Agency:
       Alaska Department of Natural Resources; Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation
Program Goals:
       Program goals include:
       • Protect fish and wildlife habitat and maintain habitat connectivity, habitat diversity,
          and related values needed to ensure biological diversity and healthy fish and wildlife
          populations;
       • Increase opportunities for natural lands recreation, especially near communities and
          existing roads, and protect existing opportunities at remote sites;
       • Buffer, protect, and enhance the natural ecosystem functions and natural lands
          recreation value of lands currently under conservation and forest management;
       • Prevent forest fragmentation;
       • Protect areas important to Alaska’s communities for water supplies, traditional uses,
          and economic reasons;
       • Protect river systems, wetlands, coastal areas and their associated hydrologic
          functions and upland habitats, and;
       • Provide and maintain opportunities for traditional forest uses, including the production
          of wood and non-timber forest products.
Resource Provided:
       The Forest Legacy Program (FLP) will cover 75 percent of the costs of a conservation
       easement or fee-title purchase. The other 25 percent must be matched by either the
       landowner or an assisting entity, such as a non-profit organization or non-federal
       government agency. Other costs that can be covered by the program include appraisals,
       surveys, closing costs, title work and insurance, and other real estate transaction
       expenses.
Eligibility:
       The Alaska FLP may only acquire lands and interests in lands identified within Forest
       Legacy Areas (see website) on a willing seller/willing buyer basis. Projects proposed for
       the FLP in Alaska must be threatened by conversion to non-forest uses and must directly
       address one or more of the Alaska program goals. Participation in Forest Legacy is
       limited to private forest landowners.
Contact:
       Georgia Conti, Grants Administrator
       Parks and Outdoor Recreation
       Alaska Department of Natural Resources
       550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1380
       Anchorage, AK 99501
       Phone: (907) 269-8709                   Fax: (907) 269-8907
       Email: georgia_conti@dnr.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks/grants


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                      Rural Energy Related Training
                                              B G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
     Alaska Energy Authority (AEA), Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority
     (AIDEA), Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development (Commerce)
Program Goals:
     To provide training opportunities to local residents on their energy projects and
     infrastructure. The intent of the training is to ensure that the community personnel have
     the best skills to sustain the infrastructure in a business-like manner. With the proper
     training, operators will keep their facilities code-compliant.
Resource Provided:
     •     Advanced Power Plant Operator Training
     •     Bulk Fuel Bookkeeper Training
     •     Bulk Fuel Manager Training
     •     Bulk Fuel Operator Training
     •     Hydro Training
     •     Itinerant Bulk Fuel Training
     •     Power Plant Operator Training
     •     Utility Clerk Training (PCE Clerk Training)
Contact:
     Monica Moore, Training Program Manager
     Rural Energy Programs
     Alaska Energy Authority
     Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
     813 W. Northern Lights Blvd.
     Anchorage, AK 99503
     Phone: (907) 269-3026                     Fax: (907) 269-3044
     Email: mmoore@aidea.org
     Web Address: http://www.akenergyauthority.org/programtraining.html




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                    Village Safe Water (VSW) Program
                                                  G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Water
Program Goals:
       The role of the Village Safe Water Program is to work with rural communities to develop
       sustainable sanitation facilities.
Resource Provided:
       Our primary services are:
       •   Allocation and Distribution of funding
           Funding grants to small communities for water and sewer studies, design,
           and construction projects.
       •   Grant Administration
           Ensure appropriate and effective use of grant funds.
       •   Project Oversight, Monitoring, and Control
           One of two agencies responsible for project oversight (along with the Alaska
           Native Tribal Health Consortium)
Eligibility:
       To be eligible for funding under the Village Safe Water Program, the applicant must be
       an unincorporated community that has between 25 and 600 people, a second class city,
       or a first class city with not more than 600 residents.
Alaska Program Status:
       The funding level this year (federal fiscal year 2006) for the Village Safe Water program
       for planning, construction, and design of named projects is $31.9 million through
       EPA, $23.6 million through USDA, and $18.5 million through the State, for a total of
       $74 million. In addition, another $18.9 million is available for construction of projects
       on VSW’s three year funding list and $11 million from Alaska Native Tribal Health
       Consortium and Denali Commission for sanitation projects.
Contact:
       Greg Magee, Program Manager
       Village Safe Water
       Division of Water
       Department of Environmental Conservation
       555 Cordova St.
       Anchorage, AK 99501
       Phone: (907) 269-7613               Fax: (907) 269-7509
       Email: greg_magee@dec.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.dec.state.ak.us/water/vsw/index.htm



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                              Municipal Loan Program
                                                      G$

Administrative Agency:
       Department of Environmental Services, Division of Water
Program Goals:
       The Alaska Clean Water Fund and the Alaska Drinking Water Fund provide loans and
       engineering support for drinking water, wastewater (sewer), solid waste, and non-point
       source pollution projects, such as waterbody restoration and recovery.
Resource Provided:
       Our primary services are:
       •   Providing low-interest loans of up to 20 years in duration for projects or eligible
           portions of projects
       •   Providing refinancing of eligible projects
       •   Assigning a project engineer to assist with plans, designs, construction and
           regulations
       •   Assuring timely reimbursement for construction expenditures
       •   Ensuring appropriate and effective use of loan funds
Eligibility:
       These loan programs are designed for cities, boroughs, and qualified private utilities.
Contact:
       Mike Lewis, Environmental Engineer
       Division of Water
       Department of Environmental Conservation
       555 Cordova St.
       Anchorage, AK 99501
       Phone: (907) 269-7616               Fax: (907) 269-7509
       Email: mike_lewis@dec.state.ak.us
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                                               Youthbuild
                                                  G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Program Goals:
       To assist high-risk youth between the ages of 16-24 to learn housing construction job
       skills and to complete their high school education.
Resource Provided:
       Youthbuild provides grants on a competitive basis to non-profit organizations to assist
       high-risk youth between the ages of 16-24 to learn housing construction job skills and to
       complete their high school education. Program participants enhance their skills as they
       construct and/or rehabilitate affordable housing for low- and moderate-income persons.
Eligibility:
       Eligible Grantees: Youthbuild grants are available to public or private non-profit
       agencies, public housing authorities, State and local governments, Indian tribes, or
       any organization eligible to provide education and employment training under Federal
       employment training programs.
       Eligible Participants: Youthbuild participants are very low-income high school dropouts
       between the ages of 16 and 24. Up to 25 percent of participants may have higher
       incomes or a high school education, but must have educational needs that justify their
       inclusion in the program.
       Eligible Activities: Youthbuild programs offer educational and job training services,
       leadership development, counseling, and other support activities, as well as on-site
       training in housing rehabilitation or construction work (which accounts for at least half of
       each participant’s time). Specifically, Youthbuild pays for the costs of: ongoing training,
       technical assistance, education, job training, counseling, employment and leadership
       development services and activities, wages, benefits and need-based stipends for
       participants, entrepreneurial training, drivers’ education, internships, programs for
       those with learning disabilities, in-house staff training, the acquisition, rehabilitation
       or construction of the housing and related facilities used in the program, necessary
       relocation payments for residents of such housing, and administrative costs, which
       generally cannot exceed 8 percent of the Youthbuild grant.
Comments:
       Application: After HUD publishes a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the
       Youthbuild program, applicants must submit specific information about a proposed
       project in their application. They must also certify that the project is consistent with the
       Consolidated Plan of the jurisdiction where each proposed project is found. After HUD
       makes conditional selections, applicants must then submit additional information.




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Contact:
     Anchorage Field Office
     U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
     3000 C. St., Suite 401
     Anchorage, AK 99503
     Phone: (907) 677-9800                   Fax: (907) 677-9803
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Municipal Water, Sewerage, and Solid Waste Matching
                      Grants
                                                      G$

Administrative Agency:
       Department of Environmental Services, Division of Water
Program Goals:
       The Alaska Municipal Water, Sewerage, and Solid Waste Matching Grant program
       provides partial funding and engineering support for drinking water, wastewater (sewer),
       solid waste, and non-point source pollution projects, such as waterbody restoration and
       recovery.
Resource Provided:
       Our primary services are:
       •   Providing grants for facility planning and construction.
       •   Assigning a project engineer to assist with plans, designs, construction, and
           regulations.
Eligibility:
       These state grants primarily assist the larger communities and boroughs in the State.
Contact:
       Mike Lewis, Environmental Engineer
       Division of Water
       Department of Environmental Conservation
       555 Cordova St.
       Anchorage, AK 99501
       Phone: (907) 269-7616              Fax: (907) 269-7509
       Email: mike_lewis@dec.state.ak.us
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                  Rasmuson Foundation Tier II Grants
                                                  G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       Rasmuson Foundation
Program Goals:
       Rasmuson Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for Alaskans. It supports
       well-managed Alaskan non-profit organizations, with an emphasis on organizations that
       demonstrate strong leadership, clarity of purpose, and cautious use of resources.
Resource Provided:
       Tier II grants are for requests in excess of $25,000. Most grants are issued for capital
       projects; however, Rasmuson will occasionally fund the expansion or start-up of
       innovative programs that address issues of broad community or statewide significance.
Eligibility:
       Applicants typically must be Alaskan organizations that have received 501(c)(3) status.
       Occosionally, Rasmuson will issue a Tier II grant to a faith-based group for non-
       sectarian purposes or to a governmental unit for projects outside the scope of traditional
       government functions.
Alaska Program Status:
       The Tier II program is active, and letters of inquiry are accepted year round.
Comments:
       Limited technical assistance is available.
Contact:
       Jeff Clarke, Chief Administrative Officer
       Rasmuson Foundation
       301 W. Northern Lights Blvd., Suite 400
       Anchorage, AK 99503
       Phone: (877) 366-2700 or (907) 297-2700                     Fax: (907) 297-2770
       Web Address: http://www.rasmuson.org




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                Cooperative Development Foundation
                                                    NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       Cooperative Development Foundation
Program Goals:
       The Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) is a non-profit organization working
       to improve lives and communities by supporting economic development based on
       cooperatives. It is made up of several funds, each supporting a different cooperative
       sector.
Resource Provided:
       CDF supports cooperative development through linkages, grants, and loans. Please
       see http://www.cdf.coop for information on CDF and http://www.cdf.coop/funds.html for
       information on specific funds.
Eligibility:
       Cooperatives, cooperative development organizations, groups forming cooperatives.
       Please see http://www.cdf.coop/funds.html for information on specific funds.
Comments:
       The Cooperative Development Foundation works only in the cooperative sector. For
       information on cooperatives, see http://www.ncba.coop.
Contact:
       Ellen Quinn, Funds Manager
       Cooperative Development Foundation
       1401 New York Avenue NW
       Suite 1100
       Washington, DC 20005
       Phone: (202) 383-5474                   Fax: (202) 638-1374
       Email: equinn@cdf.coop
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                  Rasmuson Foundation Tier I Grants
                                                  G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       Rasmuson Foundation
Program Goals:
       Rasmuson Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for Alaskans. It supports
       well-managed Alaskan non-profit organizations that demonstrate strong leadership,
       clarity of purpose, and cautious use of resources.
Resource Provided:
       Cash grants of up to $25,000 are provided. Tier I grants are limited to capital purchases.
Eligibility:
       Applicants must be Alaskan organizations that have received 501(c)(3) status.
Alaska Program Status:
       The Tier I program is active, and applications are accepted year round.
Comments:
       Limited technical assistance is available.
Contact:
       Jeff Clarke, Chief Administrative Officer
       Rasmuson Foundation
       301 W. Northern Lights Blvd., Suite 400
       Anchorage, AK 99503
       Phone: (877) 366-2700 or (907) 297-2700
       Fax: (907) 297-2770
       Web Address: http://www.rasmuson.org




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      Rural Utility Business Advisor (RUBA) Program
                                               GP B G NP N

Administrative Agency:
       Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
Program Goals:
       RUBA provides on-site and off-site assistance to drinking water and waste water utilities
       across rural Alaska.
Resource Provided:
       Fiscal and managerial assistance.
Eligibility:
       Any rural Alaskan water or wastewater utility operation, including city, tribal, non-profit,
       borough, community association, or private for-profit groups.
Contact:
       Elizabeth Manfred, RUBA Program Manager
       State of Alaska
       Division of Community Advocacy
       Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development
       550 W 7th Ave, Ste 1640
       Anchorage, AK 99501
       Phone: (907) 269-4556                   Fax: (907) 269-4653
       Email: elizabeth_manfred@commerce.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/dca/ruba/ruba.htm




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                        Rural Fire Assistance Program
                                                  G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       National Park Service
Program Goals:
       This program provides support to enhance the wildland fire protection capabilities of rural
       fire departments through training, equipment purchase, and prevention work on a cost-
       shared basis.
Resource Provided:
       Cash grants of up to $20,000 based upon availability of funding.
Eligibility:
       Rural or volunteer fire departments that fight wildland fires on Department of Interior
       land.
Contact:
       Brad Cella, Regional Fire Management Officer
       National Park Service
       240 W. 5th Avenue, Room 114
       Anchorage, AK 99501
       Phone: (907) 644-3409                   Fax: (907) 644-3809
       Email: brad_cella@nps.gov
       Web Address: http://www.nifc.gov/rfa




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                   First Nations Development Institute
                                                     NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       First Nations Development Institute
Program Goals:
       FNDI provides grants and technical assistance to Native-run models of culturally-
       appropriate, asset-based economic development strategies. FNDI also funds arts
       and culture, hunger, and youth programs, as well as strengthening native non-profits.
       Through First Nations Oweesta Corporation, FNDI provides investment lending to Native
       communities and tribes for furthering their economic and community development goals.
Resource Provided:
       Grants, loans, and technical assistance.
Eligibility:
       Must be a Native-run community or tribal organization.
Comments:
       Non-profit agencies are eligible for funding only if they are operated by and for Native
       Americans
Contact:
       Stewart Sarkozy-Banoczy, Director of Training and Technical Assistance
       First Nations Oweesta Corporation
       1010 Ninth Street, Suite 3
       Rapid City, SD 57701
       Phone: (605) 342-3770                   Fax: (605) 342-3771
       Email: ssarkozy@oweesta.org
       Web Address: http://www.oweesta.org


       Kimberly Craven, Director of Grantmaking
       First Nations Development Institute
       703 Third Avenue, Suite B
       Longmont, CO 80501
       Phone: (303) 774-7836               Fax: (303) 774-7841
       Email: kcraven@firstnations.org
       Web Address: http://www.firstnations.org




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 Seventh Generation Fund: Sustainable Communities
                     Program
                                                       N$

Administrative Agency:
       Seventh Generation Fund
Program Goals:
       The Sustainable Communities Program provides seed money, organizational support,
       and technical training to Native grassroots community-based projects striving for holistic
       community health and renewal. The program supports traditional agriculture, renewable
       forms of energy, and sustainable strategies for development that preserve or restore
       traditional lifeways for future generations.
Resource Provided:
       Cash grants of up to $10,000. Technical assistance is provided as well.
Eligibility:
       Must be a Native-run community or tribal organization. Seventh Generation Fund
       supports indigenous communities only.
Comments:
       Funding for capital projects is limited.
Contact:
       Tia Oros Peters, Executive Director
       Seventh Generation Fund
       PO Box 4569
       Arcata, CA 95518
       Phone: (707) 825-7640                   Fax: (707) 825-7639
       Email: tia7gen@pacbell.net
       Web Address: http://www.7genfund.org




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       Lannan Foundation: Indigenous Communities
                       Program
                                                    NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       Lannan Foundation
Program Goals:
       The Indigenous Communities Program supports the resolve of Native Americans to
       renew their communities through their own institutions and traditions. Funding priority is
       given to rural indigenous projects that are consistent with traditional values in the areas
       of education, Native cultures, the revival and preservation of languages, legal rights, and
       environmental protection.
Resource Provided:
       Lannan provides cash grants, with average grants ranging from $10,000 to $150,000.
Eligibility:
       Must be a Native-controlled 501(c)(3) organization or a federally recognized tribe.
Contact:
       Laurie Betlach, Program Officer
       Lannan Foundation
       313 Read Street
       Santa Fe, NM 87501-2628
       Phone: (505) 986-8160 x 115                Fax: (505) 986-3971
       Email: info@lannan.org
       Web Address: http://www.lannan.org




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                                 Alaska Trails Program
                                                   G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Program Goals:
       Development and reconstruction of specific trails and related facilities.
Resource Provided:
       Grants are available for development and reconstruction of trails and related facilities.
       No match is required for these grants.
Eligibility:
       The initial $4.0 million appropriation specified 14 trails, and grants were awarded for
       the following: Arctic Valley trails, Chugach Forest Russian River, Girdwood trails,
       Hatcher Pass trails, Iditarod Trail, Juneau Nordic trails, Juneau Thunder Trail, Ketchikan
       Lewis Reef Road, Kodiak trails, Matanuska Susitna Gorsuch trails, Perseverance trail
       repairs, Russian River access road, Sitka Trailworks, Sitka World War II causeway,
       State of Alaska wildlife trails, Wrangell-St. Elias Trail. Information about anticipated
       appropriations will be available at http://www.alaskatrails.org.
Contact:
       Samantha Carroll, Trails Coordinator
       Parks & Outdoor Recreation
       Alaska State Parks
       Department of Natural Resources
       555 W 7th Ave, Ste 1380
       Anchorage, AK 99501
       Phone: (907) 269-8799                     Fax: (907) 269-8907
       Email: samantha_carroll@dnr.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.alaskatrails.org


       Georgia Conti, Grants Administrator
       Parks & Outdoor Recreation
       Alaska State Parks
       Department of Natural Resources
       555 W 7th Ave, Suite 1380
       Anchorage, AK 99501
       Phone: (907) 269-8709                   Fax: (907) 269-8907
       Email: georgia_conti@dnr.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.alaskatrails.org




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      Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program
                                                  G NP N $

Administrative Agency:
       Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Program Goals:
       Program goals include:
       •   Acquisition of a real property interest in coastal wetlands and/or waters.
       •   Restoration, enhancement, or habitat management of coastal wetlands ecosystems.
Resource Provided:
       The program is funded under provisions of the federal 1990 Coastal Wetlands Planning,
       Protection, and Restoration Act with money generated from excise taxes on fishing
       equipment and motorboat/small engine fuels. This is a nationally competitive grant
       program and awarded grants cannot exceed $1.0 million. Applications are prepared and
       submitted to US Fish and Wildlife Service by the State of Alaska in June of each year.
Eligibility:
       Information about this grant program is available at http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks/
       grants.
Contact:
       Georgia Conti, Grants Administrator
       Parks & Outdoor Recreation
       Alaska State Parks
       Department of Natural Resources
       555 W 7th Ave, Suite 1380
       Anchorage, AK 99501
       Phone: (907) 269-8709             Fax: (907) 269-8907
       Email: georgia_conti@dnr.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.alaskatrails.org




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               Trade Adjustment Assistance Program
                                                   GP B N $

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Program Goals:
       The Trade Adjustment Assistance Program (TAA) is a voluntary program for agricultural
       producers offsetting the adjustment to competition from imports by providing technical
       assistance, cash payments, and opportunities for job retraining. Certain fisherman and
       aquaculture producers may also qualify for TAA benefits.
Resource Provided:
       Cash payments and technical assistance.
Eligibility:
       Producers must submit a petition for a commodity to be approved for payments. After
       the commodity is approved or recertified by the Foreign Agriculture Service, all producers
       in an impacted area may apply for TAA benefits within the application period. Producers
       must document income and technical training requirements and meet specific eligibility
       requirements.
Alaska Program Status:
       The program is not currently available in this state, although it has been in years past
       based on petitions filed for salmon. Over $5.5 million was paid out during the two
       program years under this petition.
Comments:
       Eligible Alaska commodities have included salmon. Nationally, other petition
       commodities have included shrimp, olives, fresh potatoes, cabbages, apples, and
       oranges.
Contact:
       Chad Padgett, Executive Director
       Alaska State FSA Office
       U.S. Department of Agriculture
       800 W. Evergreen, Suite 216
       Palmer, AK 99645
       Phone: (907) 761-7738                   Fax: 9907) 761-7789
       Email: chad.padgett@ak.usda.gov
       Web Address: http://www.fsa.usda.gov




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Marketing Assistance Loans/Loan Deficiency Program
                                                   GP B N $

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Program Goals:
       Marketing Assistance Loans and the Loan Deficiency Program provide a safety net to
       promote agriculture in Alaska through payments on commodities when market conditions
       dictate. Marketing Assistance Loans allow a producer growing eligible crops to store
       production and use the loan proceeds to meet cash flow needs without selling the crop.
       Loan Deficiency Program payments are price support payments.
Resource Provided:
       Loans and cash payments.
Eligibility:
       Marketing Assistance Loans are non-recourse because the producer pledges the crop
       as collateral and has the option of delivering the pledged commodity to the Commodity
       Credit Corporation as full settlement of the loan at maturity. The producer must sign
       up for the program each year and must certify their crop acreage each year as part of
       the program. Loan Deficiency Payments are for producers who forego the Marketing
       Assistance Loans. This price support payment is limited to actual production.
Alaska Program Status:
       Loan Deficiency Payments have been available in Alaska since June 2005 when loan
       rates were adjusted to more accurately reflect the market conditions in local areas thus
       allowing for the possibility of payments.
Comments:
       Eligible commodities include wool and mohair, barley, oats, canola, dry peas, and hard
       red spring wheat.
Contact:
       Chad Padgett, Executive Director
       Alaska State FSA Office
       U.S. Department of Agriculture
       800 W. Evergreen, Suite 216
       Palmer, AK 99645
       Phone: (907) 761- 7748                  Fax: (907) 761-7789
       Email: chad.padgett@ak.usda.gov
       Web Address: http://www.fsa.usda.gov




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                                   Farm Loan Program
                                                  GP B N $

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Program Goals:
       FSA lends money and provides credit counseling and supervision to eligible applicants
       who operate family-size farms. FSA makes and guarantees a variety of loans for youth,
       new and experienced farmers, and producers undergoing emergency situations. FSA
       also provides credit counseling and supervision to farmers and ranchers who are
       temporarily unable to obtain private, commercial credit.
Resource Provided:
       Loans and financial counseling.
Eligibility:
       General eligibility requirements include the following: have sufficient education,
       training, or experience in managing and operating a farm or ranch that demonstrates
       the managerial ability needed to succeed in farming; be a citizen of the United States
       (or legal resident alien); have the legal capacity to incur the obligations of the loan; be
       unable to obtain credit elsewhere; have an acceptable credit history; be the operator or
       tenant operator of a family farm after the loan is closed; not have had a previous loan
       which resulted in a loss to the Agency (with certain exceptions); and not be delinquent on
       any Federal debt. Other eligibility requirements pertaining to individual loans may also
       apply.
Alaska Program Status:
       The program is currently receiving applications for farm operating, farm ownership, and
       youth loans.
Contact:
       Chad Padgett, Executive Director
       Alaska State FSA Office
       U.S. Department of Agriculture
       800 W. Evergreen, Suite 216
       Palmer, AK 99645
       Phone: (907) 761-7738                   Fax: (907) 761-7789
       Email: chad.padgett@ak.usda.gov
       Web Address: http://www.fsa.usda.gov




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       Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment Program
                                                  GP B N $

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Program Goals:
       This program provides payments based on base acres and established payment yields
       to eligible producers on farms enrolled for the 2002 through 2007 crop years.
Resource Provided:
       Cash payments.
Eligibility:
       To be eligible for payments, producers must share in the risk of producing a crop,
       annually report the use of the farm’s cropland acreage, comply with conservation and
       wetland protection requirements and planting flexibility requirements, use the base
       acres for agricultural or related activities, and protect all base acres from erosion.
       Commodities include barley, oats, canola, and wheat.
Alaska Program Status:
       This program is currently receiving applications from Alaska.
Comments:
       Producers may elect when to receive their payments in accordance with the applicable
       payment timetable.
Contact:
       Chad Padgett, Executive Director
       Alaska State FSA Office
       U.S. Department of Agriculture
       800 W. Evergreen, Suite 216
       Palmer, AK 99645
       Phone: (907) 761-7738                    Fax: (907) 761-7789
       Email: chad.padgett@ak.usda.gov
       Web Address: http://www.fsa.usda.gov




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               Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority
                                                      G$

Administrative Agency:
       Department of Revenue
Program Goals:
       To assist communities with financing for capital projects.
Resource Provided:
       Direct loans. No set loan limits. Statutory limit of $750 million in outstanding bonds or
       more than $75 million in Revenue bonds during a fiscal year. Interest rates depend on
       the national market for tax exempt bond issues.
Eligibility:
       Any organized local government in need of capital project financing should contact the
       Bond Bank.
Alaska Program Status:
       The Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority is a public corporation created by state law
       (AS 44.85). The Bond Bank was created to address disadvantages which Alaska’s
       communities often experience in financial markets. Communities may have low bond
       ratings or lack familiarity among investors that would result in above market interest rates
       on borrowed money.
       Generally, the Bond Bank sells bonds on the national money market and then uses the
       proceeds to purchase the bonds of Alaska municipalities at the same interest rate the
       Bond Bank obtained, thereby providing the municipalities with funds for their capital
       projects. The Bond Bank’s A rating from both Moody’s and Standard and Poor enables
       it to borrow money at low rates. As municipalities pay principal and interest to the Bond
       Bank, the Bond Bank uses this money to pay its bond holders.
       The Bond Bank is self-supporting. It does not use general fund monies, and, in fact,
       returns about $1 million the general fund each year. The bank has an excellent loan
       record, with no defaults. The bank has five directors including the Commissioners of the
       Departments of Revenue; and Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, and
       three public members.
Contact:
       Deven Mitchell, Executive Director
       Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority
       Department of Revenue
       P.O. Box 110405
       Juneau, AK 99811-0405
       Phone: (907) 465-2388                     Fax: (907) 465-2902
       Email: Deven_Mitchell@revenue.state.ak.us
       Web Address: http://www.revenue.state.ak.us/treasury/ambba/



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    Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities-
                     Section 811
                                                     NP $

Administrative Agency:
       U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Program Goals:
       To develop rental housing with the availability of supportive services for very low-income
       adults with disabilities, and provides rent subsidies for the projects to help make them
       affordable.
Resource Provided:
       HUD provides interest-free capital advances to non-profit sponsors to help them finance
       the development of rental housing such as independent living projects, condominium
       units, and small group homes with the availability of supportive services for persons
       with disabilities. The capital advance can finance the construction, rehabilitation, or
       acquisition with or without rehabilitation of supportive housing. The advance does not
       have to be repaid as long as the housing remains available for very low-income persons
       with disabilities for at least 40 years.
       HUD also provides project rental assistance; this covers the difference between the
       HUD-approved operating cost of the project and the amount the residents pay -- usually
       30 percent of adjusted income. The initial term of the project rental assistance contract is
       three years and can be renewed if funds are available.
        Each project must have a supportive services plan. The appropriate State or local
       agency reviews a potential sponsor’s supportive services plan to determine if the plan
       is well designed to meet the needs of persons with disabilities and must certify to the
       same. Services may vary with the target population but could include case management,
       training in independent living skills, and assistance in obtaining employment. However,
       residents cannot be required to accept any supportive service as a condition of
       occupancy.
Eligibility:
       Eligible Grantees: Non-profit organizations with a Section 501(c)(3) tax exemption from
       the IRS can apply to develop a Section 811. Occupancy of Section 811 housing is open
       to persons with disabilities. A qualified person must be 18 years or older and must have
       a disability meeting one or more criteria outlined in HUD Handbook 4571.2 (pg. 1-5 to
       1-6).
Alaska Program Status:
       The available program funds for a fiscal year are allocated to HUD’s local field offices.
       Notice of Funding Availability for this program is announced each Spring to solicit
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Comments:
     Applicants must submit an electronic application for a capital advance, including a
     Request for Fund Reservation (Form HUD-92016-CA) and other information in response
     to a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) published in the Federal Register each year.
     Applications must be submitted electronically at www.grants.gov. Those selected for
     funding must meet basic program requirements, including non-profit status, financial
     commitment, and a certification from the appropriate State or local agency, that the
     supportive services are well designed to meet the needs of the intended residents.
     Awards are usually announced in the Fall.
Contact:
     Region X Office
     U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
     909 First Avenue
     Seattle, WA 98104
     Phone: (877) 741-3281               Fax: (206) 220-5206
     Web Address: http://www.hud.gov




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The Division of Community Advocacy offers a plethora of online
data and information resources to communities, agencies, and
the public. The following is a listing of some, but not all, of
the Division's most prominent resources.


The Community Profiles Database. This database contains community
profiles for more than 390 places in Alaska, the majority of which are
communities. Information found in this database includes population,
history, culture, facilities information, census data, and much more. Visit
the Community profiles Database at:

http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/dca/commdb/CF_COMDB.htm



The Municipal Officials Directory (MOD) Online System. This directory offers
dynamic contact information for communities across the state, including
local and regional contacts, municipal officials, and employee listings. The
system is updated continuously and has the ability to deliver requested
queries to you in Excel in only a few minutes. You can visit the MOD Online at:

http://commerce.state.ak.us/dca/MOD/MOD.htm




The Community Funding Database. This database contains
Division-administered funding information on all grants and revenue
funds to communities. The funding sources include grants from both
state and federal government. The Community Funding Database is
continuously updated and provides query results in Excel form. You
can visit the Community Funding Database at:

http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/dca/commdb/CF_Grants.htm




Capital Projects Database. The Capital Projects Database contains
descriptions, funding levels, and status for over 8,000 capital projects in
Alaska communities. Like the MOD, the online system has the ability to
deliver requested queries to you in Excel and in only a few minutes. You can
visit the Capital Projects Database at:

http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/dca/commdb/CF_RAPIDS.htm




Community Profile Maps. The Division provides mapping services that assist
Department staff and communities in accomplishing the goals of increasing
economic development and strengthening local governments in rural Alaska.
Maps are produced to display land use, land suitability, land ownership, and
the boundaries set out in ANCSA 14(c) land settlements. You can visit the
Community Profile Maps at:

ftp://ftp.dcbd.dced.state.ak.us/profiles/profile-maps.htm

				
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